From Des Moines to Japan, the human connection of tragedy

Guest columnist Ann Hay reflects on a chance encounter she had with an elderly Japanese couple at Des Moines Marina and their shared moment considering the tragedy in Japan.

Alex and I passed one particular car that had a very elderly Japanese couple in it. I remember making eye contact with one or the other of the occupants, who both were obviously crying. Then I quickly moved on, not wanting to embarrass them or me.

But only a few feet later, I realized that they wouldn't be here — out in the open, in public — if they were embarrassed and that it was mostly me who was embarrassed. My heart just stopped. And I ... Full Story »

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by Dwight Rousu - Mar. 28, 2011

Beautifully written describing a moment of shared humanity.

A short, very touching piece. I read it and then mentioned it to my daughter, and it happens the author is one of her friends. Recommended reading.

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