"Grandma it's not as bad as it looks on TV. On TV you don't see your friends and their happy faces and all the houses that are ok. There are a lot of sad buildings but a lot of good ones too. Just don't watch so much TV Grandma."
Having no TV keeps us engaged with what is infront of us rather than being drawn into fear and worry.
While we were away we watched some of the footage on TV. That was plenty enough.
Images are powerful and help others who are far away see some of the reality we face.
When these images are repeatedly shown throughout the day, for days on end they mostly lead to the reality being distorted.
Last September when the first earthquake hit and people were freaking out with the aftershocks, the most help we could be was to tell them to turn off the TV, the radio and the computer and go outside. If the person had children, we knew the kids would follow.Relaxation and calm would immediately increase and fear and worry subside.
With the recent earthquake it's heartening to hear Ruby is now sharing this wisdom with those she loves.