“Stay under your desk and hold on!”-Maddison, 6, Opawa School

In the Earthquake I wasn’t in room 7 because it was reading rotation. I was in the library. I was sitting at my desk doing my work when the earthquake started. I was looking for my pen under the table. The teacher said stay under your desk and hold on! All the other children were screaming. I was holding on to the table leg. The teacher said be careful and don’t slip over. The lights had smashed down. We held on to the tops of the tables to keep ourselves upright. It wasn’t very light so we couldn’t see well in the dim room. It was hard to get outside. Then we went to the special big earthquake meeting place. There were some more aftershocks there. My teacher Maria was relieved that I was alright. Then I went home with my Mum and stayed outside because everything was smashed and fallen down inside our house. Then we braved it inside and cleaned up. Mummy and Daddy cleaned up the kitchen and the other part of the kitchen because there was glass around I wasn’t allowed to clean up the rooms with glass in them. I had to clean up the lounge room. I managed to fix a clock by finding the pieces of it, like the back, the thing that covers the battery and the battery. I also cleaned up another corner in the lounge room. I put little disks back on the shelves. After that we a had a big barbecue with all our neighbours and my Aunty Julie from Hamilton. My best friends Joseph and Tamar came too. It was hard to sleep that night because the earthquakes were rolling through.

2 Responses to ““Stay under your desk and hold on!”-Maddison, 6, Opawa School”

  1. Ella says:

    Hi Maddison

    Gosh that was lucky you dropped your pen just at the right moment so you could stay under the table.

    You must be very strong to hold onto a table leg. Your teacher sounds nice and very kind to be able to look after you so well.

    Your poor old house must have looked bad when you first saw it, but good on you to go in there and clean it up again.

    You must have some engineering skills to be able to fix a clock after all that damage, I don’t think I could have done so. Perhaps that is what you will be when you grow up, an engineer? Canterbury will need plenty of clever people like you.

    I am pleased you are safe and that you had a big barbecue with all your neighbours and your Aunty Julie from Hamilton. It was great that your friends could get there too.

    Hope you are sleeping better now though. Take care.
    From Ella in Auckland.

  2. Deborah says:

    Hi Maddison,

    Those words from your teacher probably helped everyone so much. They rang out in my ears as I read them. So you are a very good story teller. And such a helpful and thoughtful and brave person for someone who is 6 :)

    Best wishes to you and your family and your friends Joseph and Tamar, and to the people of Opawa School, from Australia.

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