" Each of us as human beings has a responsibility to reach out to help our brothers and sisters affected by disasters. One day it may be us or our loved ones needing someone to reach out and help. "-Michael W. Hawkins, American Red CrossFrom the corner of my eye, I felt him watching me. I gasped at the sights of devastation from Japan. I was fully aware that he was watching it with me. "Oh my God", he said . I didn't make him turn away. I wanted him to witness it . This moment he will remember when he is a grown man. The images of this disaster, the magnitude that in an instant changed lives forever. It will be a part of him. Daniel was watching the destruction, the despair, the urgency of survivors to find their loved ones. He is ten years old and many would argue that it's a young age for a child to be burdened with such worries . It's important that I should mention that he is a child with a strong spirit. If I knew my child couldn't watch this I would guard him from the images. I would protect him from the sadness of it. When I was a child there were always serious issues discussed. My father never turned away from injustice and he believed in voicing his opinions. His passion made us enlightened and interested in the issues. He planted the seed and made us aware of the world outside the walls of our home and outside the borders of our country. My son Josh is twenty five now, and he lives with a social awareness and conscience. When he was small I would read to him children books about important issues of our time. I felt that it was important for me to raise a child that would care about the world around him. He is a humanitarian and he has made a difference in the lives that he has touched. My son Daniel has saved up money for charities from a young age. He has empathy for those in need. I don't question why the seed is not always planted early on. I don't know if it would work for everyone. I just know that it works for me. Planting the seeds for a better tomorrow. Planting the seeds that will bloom into a better world.