Let's not pretend and say that our feelings to everyone else is the same. Even within own family, sibling rivalry is so common. But we can safely say that parents' love for children is unconditional and selfless. It is nature's way of protecting the young when helpless, often seen in the animal kingdom.
When a disaster happened in a foreign country, the next available news would be that Malaysians in that country are safe. Then relatives and friends would be trying to find out if anyone they know who happen to be there is safe and sound.
Recently, when there was an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, one of the badly damaged buildings was Canterbury Television's. Then it dawned on me, that my youngest, daughter, was supposed to study in NZ, mainly for favourable exchange rate reason as compared with Australia or UK. Then, for the course she had in mind, psychology, Australian universities offer more choices. By twist of fate, there was an educational fair in PWTC which we visited, she reluctantly. Then, her brother who had some experience in counselling students on what courses to take, advised her to do it in UK instead because of a shorter 3-year instead of 4-year course plus Master in Australia to get the same recognition. So she ended up in Canterbury, Kent, UK instead! Wonder if she would have continued to live in NZ had she studied there instead.
Last night's bad news about earthquake and tsunami in Japan with loss of hundreds of lives also brought back memories of my older daughter's one year in Tokyo. I have just read about Tokyo in a standstill situation which shows the seriousness of the damage to all facilities. I cannot help wonder how Cheng's foster families are coping with the drastic change in conditions. Offhand, I can still remember two, Fujioka-san and Nitta-san, who visited us in Malaysia soon after Cheng's return. I hope they are coping well.