Monday, February 28, 2011

Ruby Red/Rednesday: New Zealand

The New Zealand Flag.

Today is a week since our Christchurch city was struck by the earthquake.

Today, at 12.51pm, the nation will observe a 2 minutes silence. The Mayor has asked even traveling vehicles to stop where they are . "The two-minute silence at 12.51pm is really about whatever you are doing, stop ... and we all stand together as one," he said.

It is going to be a very somber feeling as we pause and reflect and think how we are going to move forward.


Our principal assembled all 660 students and teachers under our big tree. It was in the mid of our lunch hour. The weather was hot, most of the kids were in the sun. The kids all came early. We were waiting, when a neighbor went hammering. Our principal went to the fence and told him about the 2 minutes silence. He soon stopped.

We started our silence, and a church bell tolled from far away. The kids were very good. We had a few handicap kids on walkers and clutches. Only an aspergers boy remained in the play ground.

The principal thanked the students for giving up part of their lunch hour.


Unknown said...

The news footage we saw here in the U.S. showed such damage. What a tragedy you are undergoing in N.Z. I send you good wishes to move forward and rebuild.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Will you be watching this on the news? How successful was it? A great idea.

Kim, USA said...

I saw the news footage too and it broke my heart. My thoughts and prayers to all the people affected.
Eat & Drink

Lola said...

My thoughts are with all those in NZ at this sad time.

XOXO Lola:)

btw Here’s mine!

Chubskulit Rose said...


Ruby Sanitizer

Mona said...

What a tragedy happened in NZ but i'm sure with some kind of bayanihan everything will be fine :)

DawnTreader said...

My thoughts have been on NZ a lot. I realize when looking at your flag now that I wouldn't have been able to say what the NZ flag looks like. (The same with a lot of other countries around the world...) Good choice for your post.

The JR said...

So sorry about the tradgedy.

Stephanie V said...

A beautiful story of a nation standing together in sadness and distress. Thank you, Ann.

forgetmenot said...

Many thoughts are with the people of NZ--such a sad happening. Such a beautiful country with such a variety of scenery. Mickie

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Thank you, Ann, for reminding us that the tragedy continues for the survivors, especially for those who lost loved ones. What a frightening experience! You'll be remembering it for a long time.


O what would we do without red?
“I just can’t imagine,” she said.
“Vermilion and pink
Are colors, I think,
That make the blood rush to my head.”

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