“Honey. Glad to hear everyone is safe,” I said. “I can see the smoke from where I am, and the reports are serious, but it should be under control very soon. Can we talk about that later? Kids, we see that you are not in any danger. Do you have any fears? No? Good. OK, but please alert us if you have any questions or concerns. As you can see, I am fine, your mother is fine, and all your friends and family are safe. See you at home tonight. End call.”
After reading the story of “Pandora’s Box” I wondered what life must have been like inside the box before it was opened. I’d learned that Pandora had been given a box (actually a jar in the original story) by a vengeful Zeus intent on punishing her lover’s brother. When a curious Pandora opens the box, all the “evils” of the world are released, with only “hope” left behind.