Sometimes it seems a long, long time ago. Other times you are right there in it.
My nephew was born the day before, now he is a sturdy 3-year-old. My girl had her 2nd birthday a couple of days before, and she is starting school. Those I love mark the time for me.
Everyone has their own way of dealing with the anniversary. Flowers in cones, flowers in the river.
The Press has been doing a brilliant job publishing reflections and perspectives. Hats off to them. Standouts are:
- Beck Eleven explaining in Three years on, a new feeling how emotions can creep up on you.
- Philip Matthews reporting on Christchurch being Stuck in a malaise three years on.
So stop the clocks, and feel what you feel. Our special love goes out to the people we lost, and those who suffer and grieve. We miss those who have left town, and welcome those who have arrived.
Thanks to workers busy rebuilding, and people busy revitalising their communities. Arohanui Ōtautahi.