I returned to Sri Lanka for the Anniversary of the Tsunami. It meant that
after the build up to Christmas we missed it completely as we spent it in
morning of December 26th at 9.40 a.m. (the exact time that the
Tsunami had hit Sri Lanka the year before) we joined the staff and guests
of the Mount Lavinia Hotel, lit oil lamps and observed 3 minutes silence.
It was very emotional for all of us. We took no photographs.
evening of December 26th was so uplifting. Don and I joined the
villagers of Ratmalana and we opened the playground and library at the
village school. The children were so overwhelmed with their new playground
that it brought tears to everyone’s eyes. It certainly reminded us how such
simple pleasures can delight children. Don and I cannot express our
happiness on seeing the care and attention that had been given to the
building of the playground and to the beautiful mural that had been
painted. After the opening of the playground and the library we were guests
of honour at a Memorial Mass which was very moving.