I just received this extemely poignant letter from a young friend in China--"Frank"--whose hometown was destroyed in the May 12th earthquake. We have been praying for him and his family. If words can bring tears, this one will certainly achieve that, in spades....
How are you these days? It’s been a long time.... We are the survivors of the big May 12th earthquake. Now my family is safe, my parents are living in the countryside. The big earthquake destroyed our houses, our beautiful hometown. We lost many things. My hometown, Dujiangyan is not far from Wenchuan, now the beautiful city has been reduced to ruins, many people dead, many buildings destroyed ……..
That day, I'll never forget, at that time, I was sitting in the classroom ... suddenly, we all felt the ground shake, and the room also shook. We all ran out of the classroom. At the corridor, I couldn't stand up...many bricks fell off the roof...I tried my best to rush out. At that time crying, shouting could be heard everywhere. I said to myself : " No , no, my life won't end at this moment...I will do many things, and my dream....."
When I arrived the playground, I was so weak and tired that I got onto my knees. At that moment, we saw many buildings around us collapse...many students and teachers were crying. I prayed to God for my parents, my family's safety. Still, we felt the ground shaking. Parents rushed to school to see their children.
I prayed, prayed.....Suddenly, I saw my parents coming toward me. I hugged my mom...she cried..and my dad said: "we are all safe, but our house was destroyed.“ I said: "the most important thing is that we are safe."
My parents asked me to stay in the school. They would go to see my grandparents.
I thanked God ……
The next day, I went downtown to see my house. When I arrived, I saw the familiar roads, buildings, the houses , all the sights I recalled from my days of childhood. I was very sad.
The whole city was like a “death-city." ...The dead bodies could found everywhere, people crying, shouting...nurses, doctors, soldiers were busy with their work. I wanted to cry, "who can tell me, why?"
Nearly 2 months passed. Many people grew more anxious with every passing day, and many people still had no news. Our senior three students in DJY, moved to another city near Chengdu. Now we are studying, living here, preparing for our College Entrance Examinations. The government offers excellent foods and facilities for us.
The earthquake was terrible, but the world is full of love. Today, we are also sad at the news that the terrible earthquake killed so many people around us. But we do believe we can be strong and brave when facing a terrifying natural disaster. We also believe we eliminate our psychological shadows and actively prepare for the College Entrance Examination.
So I will work hard to rebuild our beautiful hometown in the future.
After the exam, I want to be a volunteer to help more people, to help more survivors, help them to learn to smile again...to be brave and strong.
Because tomorrow is another day.
Only now, has a computer been available for me to use...and to write to you.
Best wishes for you.