Thursday, December 30, 2004

FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS: Katie and David Appleton in Thailand

Katie, David and teenaged sons Sam & Max Appleton live in Phuket, Thailand. They were there during the tsunami - and continue to provide gallant efforts to help rebuild and help people. Their journal is a first hand perspective of what they are doing to try and pick up the pieces:

In the early afternoon I took two women up to the airport to try to arrange flights. Both have husbands missing and both are loath to leave until all hope is gone.

The German woman had been up in Khao Lak in a bungalow when the tsunami hit. She was thrown directly out the back door far into the jungle. She doesn’t remember landing – she woke up in the back of a pick-up truck – and she limped into our school on Monday night, looking very battered. Today we managed to get her a ticket and boarding pass for a flight back to Germany. She was so torn about leaving – wanting to get home and heal in the comfort of family and friends, yet afraid of deserting her husband wherever he is. When I drove her back to the airport this evening, she told me how she’s had repeated dreams of waves and drowning for the past year – dreams that she couldn’t explain away. She frets now how her husband had wanted to go to South America this year, not to Thailand again. But that he gave in to her, knowing how much she loves the country. I asked her if she thinks she will ever return. She hesitantly said, yes. She doesn’t blame the country and can only believe this is her fate which the dreams foretold.

Read more about about the Appletons and their thoughts and efforts:
APPLETON'S PHUKET UPDATE

15 Comments:

At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry about all you endured...My heart goes out to you and I will keep you in my prayers. I pray your husband is found alive and well.Take very good care...I definitely believe that dreams can portend the future sometimes...I believe that God talks to us in that way at times and makes us aware for our safety. I have had premonitions and because I heeded them, I am alive today. I have many family members who have also been forewarned because of dreams and premonitions. I am absolutely NOT into anything supernatural or pagan...I do not ask for this...Some people are just given insights into things and IF WE LISTEN we may be able to avoid the dangers. I believe in God as my Lord and Saviour and ONLY GOD! Love K

 
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At 2:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the post at 5:35 pm.......What a heartless comment.....I'm positive if it were someone close to you that died, your comments would be otherwise. I cannot understand what possesed you to say such cruel remarks. Shame on you!

Hopefully when the rest of us die it will be in old age, and not in a disaster!

 
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At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 6:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hear, hear! I can not believe people can be so narrow minded. What has happened is horrible, yet it could happen again, and again. And for those who have lived to tell, they can and have the right to feel blessed. How they feel or react because of their experienc is their right. And to the idiot's who put their judgement first regarding nationality or religious belief over humanity,...well now isn't that the kind of thinking that makes a lot of the world an evil place? Bless those of you who put aside the judgements and use your hearts to understand the needs of ALL people.

 
At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of you really make me sick... This is a huge TRAGEDY OF NATURE, therefore it doesn't care what religion, color or class you come from. Alot of people died more than anything else in our lives. We need to help these people anyway that we can.

 
At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happened to be one of the many survivors of 911, and I just have one thing to say to some of you that have never endured something like this. God loves and forgives everyone no matter what. Everyone needs to do something but don't ever try to discount what someone feels especially with so many dead.

 
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At 4:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In regards to the first posting listed... ignorance is bliss isn't it my friend. In these trying times the last thing anyone needs is your neagtivity. Perhaps you mother failed to teach you one of lifes's greatest lessons, if you have nothing nice to say... Whatever these people need to get them through let them have it.

 
At 5:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed that my post had been removed and although I'm not sure what the reason was, I want to apologize for anything that I said that offended anyone. I was just so irritated by that horrible remark that was made and I'm well-known for speaking my mind and standing up for myself and others. Nonetheless, this spot is for comments concerning this first-hand story and I should have stuck to that. I wish that there was something that I could do to help from "way down here". I know that monetary donations are needed, so I'll do what I can there, although I don't have much to send. Is there anything else that someone so far away can do to help the victims? All of you are and will continue to be in my prayers.

 
At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Bianca said...

i'm feel so sorry for all pain endured i left phuket thailand on the 26th of october 2004. 2 months to the day that the tsunami hit. I met lovly thai's over there in shops and The Hilton Spa & Resort. I had my 12th birthday there and one thai named Uthai who works At The Hilton Resort and Spa gave me a special birthday cake and present. I was leaving in august 2005 to return to vist him but due to the tsunami i wont be returning due to so many people i know would of got killed. I feel so sorry for all living their as i have seen what they do in every day life how hard they work and how much money they get a month. they all didn't need to go throught what they went throught. If any people that live in thailand are on this wensite and read this a warm hello and my love is with you. If any one works or goes to the The Hilton Resort and Spa could you please give a warm hello and all my love To Uthai who works in the Sails Restaruant.
Love Bianca

 
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