Well, I woke up this morning with a yea-long list of things to do, but I turned on MSNBC and there I sat on the edge of the couch, watching images of Japan, people dodging bricks and a tsunami sweeping away the structures of man.
I called my son in Hawaii, but he doesn’t answer. I’m not the kind to worry needlessly; he’s probably on alert.
At 3:00 p.m., I said, “Well, I guess I could fix some lunch.”
Some events astound me so much that I fall into freeze-frame, yet the world does not freeze with me. People go about their business, and I wonder: Is there anything that could make them pause and consider?
And then the President is talking about the disaster, the Middle East and the economy.
It seems to me the whole world needs a Pause Button. And somewhere in there—as always—there’s a story forming in my head. And it suddenly occurs to me that I, too, am going about my business?