Originally posted by ThousandIslandSunny
reply to post by lpowell0627
Let me make this clear.
If I 'run', I do so as a woman with her children. My husband will not leave.
I am a woman. With children. There is nothing, not even my husband, that will stand in the way of me protecting my children. Period. We are
talking about life and death -- not whether or not to eat out or stay in. My husband is not on board with a number of "warning signs" that I have
considered to be the determining factor as to whether or not I leave where I am and "head to the hills". However, I have told him what they are, he
knows where we are headed, and should he decide to, he may join us at any time.
If I run, I have 50,000 yen at my disposal, and IF I can get the children out of this country against their father's express wishes, this is
all the money I have.
With so many blockades, it's no wonder you stay. I can make a million reasons why it would be difficult to leave my home behind with my children.
But when faced with life or death -- to me, it becomes rather easy. Further, you are changing the story just a bit. The original conversation was
regarding a home near / in Tokyo, a mortgage to pay, and other monetary issues. Again, even if you left and only got another 100 miles away. I would
still argue, the further away, the better.
I would travel in opposite direction of the jet stream. And get as far as I could as fast as I could. My method is not for everyone. Nor am I
judging you for the decision you are making. My comment was, and remains, there is nothing
material in this world, including my husband, that
would prevent me
from leaving immediately.
Physically run, using my legs, carrying the youngest on my back. What ten miles a day? No where to sleep. I WILL NOT DO that to the kids. Its
Then perhaps you are not in danger of radiation. To me, and again this would be more sypathetically said face to face rather than on the Internet,
but how irresponsible is it of you to remain where you are knowing the chance that your children will develop cancer or radiation poisioning? How
irresponsible is it to feed them food and water that you know may potentially contain harmful levels of radiation? Or is this all for naught and the
danger that I, and others, are concerned about is really not that bad
BTW, The average person can walk about one mile every 15 minutes. Surely you could do more than 10 miles per day.
Lets say I by some miracle get the airfare together and get to the US, then what? Seriously. You need ID to get kids into schools, they need
medical care, we need to eat, and we need shelter.
You are talking about sending the kids to school? I am beginning to wonder how serious this whole issue either really is or really is to you. Who
the **** cares about school if you or your children are seriously ill or worse -- dead? Won't it seem a little ridiculous then to have worried about
keeping up with their schoolwork?
If you are talking about the US, there are plenty of people with nothing that receive medical care and shelter and food. No, you will not be living
at the Ritz. In fact, you may very well find yourself in a homeless shelter, feeding your children donated food, and dressing them in cast-offs. But
again, we are talking about life or death, not attending the latest fashion show or worrying about social stigma.
You are stupid, and insulting to think that if I could run and be out of here, that I wouldnt be long gone.
I have been cordial and respectful of your opinion, please do the same.
I asked an American family member to take my children for a while, they refused.
Then ask again. There is another person on this site that has Japanese people living with him. Place ads on facebook, twitter, craigslist, etc. If
there is something I can do, provide you with any information, I would be happy to and I am sure others would as well. Of course, any person would
have to be checked out -- I wouldn't just send my children to a random family, but there are ways that that can be done.
You have no idea what you are talking about. All I would get is deported, my husband would divorce me and I would wreck what life I
But do you have a life? If you are living comfortably, not concerned with radiation, then stay. I am not there, so I only know what I see and hear
about the levels of radiation and the widespread contamination. To me, that is no life.
The possibility exists that you may end up deported. However, the deportation process does not happen overnight and the way I see it -- any amount of
time away from the highest levels of radiation is best.
I would rather live anywhere but Japan right now, but this is my only option, so take your ill informed, superior exhortations to 'run', you
privileged idiot, and stick them where the sun dont shine.
Well, that's rather mature.
I apologize if you don't like my comments. And I am sorry that if putting the lives of my children ahead of worrying about my mortgage and a roof
over my head is somehow disturbing to you.
If my willingness to live out of a tent in order to feel safe and breathe safe air is somehow making me 'superior' than so be it.