- Marcia Lee Laycock
When I first heard the news about the Tsunami my heart started beating a little faster and my mind immediately started listing the people we know in that area of the world. The list isn't long, but it took a few days before we knew they were all safe, though a couple of them were a little too close for comfort to the danger zone. We are thankful that our friends escaped, but the horror of the worst tragedy to hit our globe is still sinking in, as we watch television and hear the stories of both despair and hope.
I think the image that struck me most, of all those I've seen so far, was the home video footage of little children playing on the beach. As the wave looms large in the distance the children suddenly stand still and watch it approach. The news commentator's last remark is that he had no idea if the children, or the person taking the video, survived. That clip is a dramatic proof of one of the reasons why the death toll was so huge. They had no idea what was coming.