Posted by: ilanasmith | April 3, 2007

Super-Paul

I have a theory.
 
I think that all of us have a super-power, we just have to figure out what it is.  And we have to look past flying and invisibility; they’re much subtler than that.
 
Kb, for example, is always able to suggest the perfect drink for the occasion.  One of my co-workers is able to sense when food is being given away.
 
The Solomon Islands were hit by a tsunami on Monday.  Entire villages were flattened; the death toll is 28 and rising.
 
My step-dad Paul is currently running a gold mine on Woodlark Island, in the Solomon Sea.  He’s danced with tsunamis before; I mentioned it briefly here.  I can’t imagine how he must have felt, facing the potential for a similar situation.
 
Luckily, this time he had warning.  Mum, in Australia, heard what had happened in the Solomons and was able to warn Paul, who arranged evacuation.  They had damage, but no lives lost.
 
Paul might have those oft-mentioned handicaps of being Catholic and only having one eye, but it’s pretty clear what his super-power is.  Whatever mine is (perhaps coming up with weird theories), I’m sure it will pale beside saving people from natural disasters.
 
At times like these, I just want to thank that Catholic God.

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