The Maslins don’t want your pity.
They don’t want your tilted head, your narrowed eyes, your clucking tongue, that little ‘aw’ you make with your mouth just before you say something like “I don’t know how you get out of bed every morning.”
They don’t want your arm-pat.
Anthony and Rin Maslin on Australian Story. Post continues after video.
They don’t want you to avoid mentioning three names – Mo, Evie and Otis – because you worry the sound will hurt them.
You can’t hurt the Maslins. They have lived through their three children being shot out of the sky by clueless militia and they have absolutely no time for your pain at their loss.
This is what Australia learned on Monday night, on an extraordinary episode of the always-unmissable Australian Story called After The World Ends. On it, “Rin and Maz” – Marite Norris and Anthony Maslin – spoke for the first time about being the poster-people for the horror of MH17 – the Malaysian Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was blown up by men in balaclavas with an earth to sky missile on July 17, 2014. An unthinkable mistake in a chaotic conflict.
The Maslins’ three children were murdered that night, along with their grandfather Nick Norris – Rin’s dad – and 279 other people who had absolutely no business dying over that remote east Ukrainian field. Eighty of them were children and the victims included citizens of 10 different countries. It was a blow from nowhere. Completely unpredictable. Entirely devastating.
The seven stages of grief. Post continues after audio.
In the Australian Story interview, Maz describes the night he got a call from his assistant in the middle of the night. He and Rin were in Amsterdam, where the family had been living, and Nick was taking the kids back to Perth a few days ahead of their parents so they could get some work done. “Tell me your children weren’t on that plane,” the assistant screamed into her phone.