Sunday, March 13, 2011

Number One Son

When he was age two we took him to his first Chinese restaurant named "The Golden Dragon". After the meal, he enthusiastically proclaimed "Yum. This was so good, it must be dragon!" Ever since he has been intrigued by all things Asian. Always a curious and independent boy, his undergraduate engineering research project was designing and making a wave machine.

Soon after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, he was off to the Far East, and has not looked back since. First there was a master's degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; this was followed by a stint on a Chinese research vessel in the South China Sea, and then a summer as a computer support engineer at a remote scientific base in Antarctica.

He currently resides in Shanghai, and works across Asia in the weather and water monitoring fields.

You may have guessed where I'm going with this. A few days ago, the telephone rang here at 4:30 in the morning. It was Mark. He spoke to my husband saying "Do Not let Mom turn on the television until I speak with you first!" He was, and is, in Tokyo, Japan. He had just gotten off a train, and was standing in a parking lot when the earth began to tremble. He went down on his knees until it ceased, and then walked 4 hours back to his hotel. He keeps emailing me that he is okay, but he fears most for some of his Japanese colleagues.

I pray for my brave boy, and all the brave sons, daughters, moms and dads of that beautiful country.

Please bring them all home safely,


  1. Oh Marjorie, What a beautiful post. It brought tears to my eyes. I will keep your son in my thoughts just as I am all of those touched by this tragedy.

  2. Marjorie...I pray that your son will be kept safe. We are watching the news at the moment about the nuclear reactors and thinking how the elderly must wonder how this could be happening again all these 60 years later.

  3. I'm saying a little prayer for your son today, as well as for all the people effected by this tragedy.

  4. When I was 18 (many years ago) I spent a year in Japan, so this was especially worrisome for me.