I have calmed down a great deal since my last post.
I am still overwhelmed by the enormity of what has happened in my state but I have calmed down so much.
Now I am amazed by the charity of people in Australia - and for that matter, the world.
So far $45.5 million has been raised. The thing I have found the most overwhelming was hearing from families in far north Queensland who are flooded out of their houses saying they had nothing to worry about. They would give any money to "those poor buggers in Victoria".
According to an announcement over the PA system at school, Friday is a statewide charity day in all Government schools. That's pretty coordinated.
I have heard that 6000 new people have volunteered to donate blood. I have also heard that the number of people volunteering for the fire fighters and other emergency services has increased dramatically.
I feel that despite the overwhelming sadness there are some amazing and beautiful things happening.