cryingWhen Leanne was in Kinglake last year talking with people who were dealing with their own disaster trauma she met an older gentleman who really made an impact. It was the fifth year after Black Saturday, the terrible bushfire which decimated so much of Victoria and killed 173 people, 120 of whom lived in Kinglake. The gentleman who touched her heart was John and he cried a lot, often it seemed without any trigger. It frustrated him but he accepted what his good friend Dr Rob Gordon told him – the fifth year is the year you cry.

We’re a week into our fifth year of the February quake and it seems as if the taps have been turned on for some of us. Whether it’s attending memorials, watching documentaries or just taking some time to peek under a lid that may have been firmly closed before now, it seems as if this year we are entering yet another phase of recovery. Perhaps Christchurch should embrace the tears and try to tackle the drought issue by putting this otherwise unwanted resource to good use.

If you’re not being swamped with emotion this week you will be one of those great people we need around to make us laugh and notice good things happening in this city.  You’ll be one of those people ringing a friend to invite them along to something awesome.

This weekend the entertainment is happening at the Botanic Gardens so bring a blanket, cushion and a torch for three outdoor movies over Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights outside the Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre. Pre-show entertainment from 6pm, followed by the movie at 7pm.

  • Friday – Frozen
  • Saturday – Edge of Tomorrow
  • Sunday – The Intouchables

Entry is a gold coin donation to the Emergency Care Foundation – a local charity that helps improve the quality of patient care in emergencies. Click here for information.