About a week ago Sam (almost 7) came downstairs after already being tucked in. I asked if he wanted to cuddle with me on the couch for a few minutes and started talking to him. I asked him about school, his new teacher, etc. Then I asked "How's Alexis?" Alexis is the girl that he declared to be his girlfriend a few days before the earthquake. I said "Is she still in your class?"
Mom: "Is she in another class, or did she go home?"
Sam: "Well, when the earthquake happened, I just turned around and looked at the playground, and she was just GONE. Sooo...I think she died in the earthquake!!!"
Me: @(#$(@!!! in my head...
Me: "NO Sammy, she didn't die! She just went back to the states to visit her family! Just like Miss W.! (his teacher) She's probably staying with her grandma and playing with her cousins!!! NOBODY from our base died! Everyone in Misawa is safe, but a lot of them didn't like the earthquake or the power being out so they went home to visit their families for a vacation...!"
My heart about broke thinking he'd been carrying that around for weeks.
Also last week:
After Max's recital in Hachinohe, we drove down the the sea shore to check out some of the damage. Gabe (almost 4) started freaking out whenever we went by the water. He didn't want a monster to get him. Turns out, he thought that the "tsunami" he'd been hearing so much about was some sort of sea monster/dragon that was going to jump out of the water and get him. Yikes.
Here we'd been thinking the boys knew what was going on...