It's hard to know whether I should feel cold or stupid. Of course 175,000 or more deaths around the Indian Ocean is huge. It's unfathomable. Of course I was shocked and moved. I couldn't make it real, though, until I heard about Hanafi.
I found out today that one of my former students, Hanafi, left to visit his family in Indonesia over the break and has not come back to school yet. I don't know much more than that. He was discussed and honored briefly at an assembly today when his swim coach shared the news with us.
Think of Hanafi and his family now but when you do, keep in mind that hundreds of thousands of people are in the same boat. They wonder and they pray.