But once in a while you read a story that gives you hope, that revives ones faith in humanity. Like Ashwin Cresswell, who at the tender young age of eight demonstrates how we all, children and adults, should act towards one another. Ashwin, a young Australian lad, happened to see a picture of a young Japanese boy who lost his family in the recent Japanese tsunami. The 9-year-old boy, Toshihito Aisawa was in a car with his parents when the tsunami hit. Fortunately for him, some debris that cracked open the car window allowed him to escape, but his parents were not so fortunate and they drowned. His grandmother and cousin were also victims of the tsunami, and for days Toshihito went in search of his grandmother and parents with a sign in tow that had their names printed on it along with a note that said: 'I will come at 11 o'clock tomorrow, so please wait. I will come again tomorrow.'
Ashwin felt so bad about Toshihito's story he decided to send a letter to Julia Gillard, the Australian Prime Minister:
'Dear Miss Julia Gillard, my mother said Prime Ministers can talk to other Prime Ministers. Can you please send this letter to the Japanese Prime Minister? I do not speak Japanese but I hope you speak Australian. I saw a picture of a boy named Toshihito Aisawa in our newspaper. My mother read me his story and she told me that he lost his parents in the Sunami (sic). Do you know this boy? Does he have any favourite thing to eat and drink? Does he have a favourite T-shirt? If he doesn't he can boro one of mine. If he can't find his parents he can stay with my family. He can also play with my toys and go to school with me. Would Toshihito like to stay with us?'What is even more impressive, is that Ashwin's parents are supportive of their son's wishes, and are willing to take Toshihito in. His mum said; "It would not be an impost at all. 'Being able to help a child is not an impost. If the Japanese embassy calls on our family to help with providing a home for this little boy, we will accept him into our family and have him live with us for as long as they require."
Toshihito did find a 13-year-old cousin, but he is still parent-less, and with no adult to take care of him. Who knows if Ashwin's wish will be granted, but his letter was delivered to the Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, in person, by Gillard.
What's important, is that there are still selfless, good people out there, including children. There is still hope.