Sunrise at the lake near my house – a peaceful scene few days ago
Some of my friends and family wrote messages of support to everyone in Japan. In the US and other places, there has been a lot of news about the earthquake, tsunamis, and other problems. I think we all know about it and are sending our best wishes.
Here is what they said. If you want to answer them or say anything, please leave a comment at the bottom!
Name: Marty (that’s Clarissa’s mom, by the way!)
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA.
Message: May better days come soon.
Name: Julie F, ESL teacher
Location: Emeryville, California, USA
Message: I am aware of what has happened to you, which is so frightening, and my thoughts and concern are with you. It will be a while before life feels normal again. In this time you must be loving and patient with yourselves and others. I hope your country can safely heal, rebuild and move forward. My deep condolence for any lost friends and family members.
Location: Denton, Texas, USA — Land of Cowboys, Horses, Tornadoes, and quite a few people from Japan who are here going to school.
Message: Y’all have my best wishes for future recovery. Many, many condolences for those you’ve lost. People at my office could not stop watching the news sites this Friday. We were awed and horrified by what we were seeing. I certainly hope things start getting better as quickly as possible.
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Message: We are very sad about the tragedy that has happened in Japan. We grieve with you. I hope that you all recover and heal quickly, and I hope that the world will come together to help you in this dark time.
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Message: May each morning be a flower of greater hope.
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Message: I would like to send good wishes and hope to the Japanese people during this difficult time.
Location: Washington State, USA
Message: I wish there is more I can do to help. Take care of each other. Japan is in my heart and prayers.
Name: Brent E.
Location: Seattle, Washington State, USA
Message: This time is tough. I hope that all of you stay safe. Japan will recover!
If I get more messages later, I’ll make another post!
Please take care of yourself. Take a break, eat when you can, get some rest, and drink enough (if you can!). Be kind to yourself and others. We’re thinking of you!
“My condolences” is a standard way to say you’re sorry when something very bad (usually a death) has happened. It means that you are feeling sad together with the people who were affected.
“Y’all” is a friendly Southern way to say “you” — plural. It comes from “you all.”
“Grieve” (v.) means “to feel very sad, especially because someone has died.” It can be transitive or intransitive. See Longman for examples.