Friday Fun, Interrupted

Hello, and welcome to a Friday.

This was a somewhat unusual day, in that we had a post all written and ready to go before we retired for the evening last night.  At the risk of sounding boastful (for we are not), we thought it was actually a delightful little screed, focused on Friday Fun of the prepalicious kind, loaded with all manner of pink and green goodies.

But things happen in far away places while one is sleeping.

Vincent Kessler/Reuters via The Los Angeles Times

Unforeseen events that alter one’s perspective upon greeting a new day.

Associated Press

Technically they are circumstances impacting people we do not know: a Prime Minister in Parliament watching the ceiling shake.

PHOTO Toru Hanai

A mother protecting a child, shoppers holding on to each other in a bookstore.

Associated Press

People in temporary shelters.

Itsuo Inouye/AP

Yet we disregard that technicality, for the circumstances, and the people seem much closer than Japan.


And we just can’t do the lighthearted.

Kyodo News/Reuters

The chipper and cheery.

AFP/Getty Images (L) and @bordermash on Twitter (R)

The light and frivolous.


Because after the shaking stops.


And the fires are out.

AFP/Getty Images via CNN

(For surely they must go out?)

Reuters via CNN

The waves aren’t going places unprepared for raging water.


Via The BBC

And the waters recede.

Kyodo News/AP

Ships will be righted.

AFP/Getty Images via CNN

Runways will be visible again.

Associated Press

Air traffic control towers won’t be in rushing waters.


Airplanes will be back on dry ground.

Associated Press

As will cars.

NHK/AP via The Christian Science Monitor

People will return to the grocery store.

AFP/Getty Images via CNN

And feet will once again feel like they are on solid ground.

But the images make it clear, the damage will be catastrophic.

The heartbreak, immense.

So while it sounds trivial, the sentiment is heartfelt: may the sun shine again on the Land of the Rising Sun.



Filed under Friday Fun, preppy

17 responses to “Friday Fun, Interrupted

  1. So well written and so true. Thanks for the words of wisdome and insight.

  2. In an instant, we are all just human.

    Thank you for this post.

  3. What a wonderful post. Thank you.

  4. Oh Princess, this is so horrible. Words escape me when I look at these videos.
    As a Californian I always feel some level of living on the edge of the abyss just knowing that this could happen here, any day, any time.
    And to think that the Japanese were sending rescue crews to Christ Church only a few weeks ago.
    I feel so much for the people who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.

  5. Thank you for such an impactful post! I haven’t seen these images. I will pray!

  6. Perfectly put Princess!!

  7. So very devastating! And so amazing that with all the technological knowledge we possess, things like this still cannot be predicted with any certainty. I’m with Madeleine – it unites us all.

  8. what a beautifully written post that gives us such insight into your character. xo

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  10. That was such a poignant, finely-written post. By far the best I’ve read today, regarding the tragedy that hit Japan while the western hemisphere slept.

  11. lindsay

    You are a horrible writer.

  12. Great post. My heart goes out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy. Praying for all those involved around the world. Love & blessings from NC!

  13. This has me feeling numb and its surreal…everyone says the same thing, these pictures just don’t seem real, they look like they are out of a movie. I am sick with sadness over what has happeend and fear that they have just scratched the suface in terms of the extent of damage and loss. My prayers and thoughts are with the people of Japan.

  14. MRM

    This was such a beautiful post. I sat and cried at my keyboard for a little bit. Praying for everyone in Japan.

  15. Jen

    Very much agreed. It’s so frightening and terrible. The world is praying for them.
    On a much lighter note, I’m in the Mecca that is tropical preppydom. Warm and sunny in Palm Beach. My normal reality of cold and snow is far away at the moment.

  16. Kris

    Well said. I was moved. Thank you for pausing your original blog line to put life in perspective for us. Life can be precious, yet fragile.

  17. So well written, and one of the most heartfelt tributes I’ve read so far. Thank you for the gentle reminders of events half way around the world. God bless.

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