There is that moment when….. one of your dearest and closest friends texts you a photo….from PARIS.
As in the city which has just been a victim of terrorist attacks…The city of lights….Paris.
My exact text back to her was “For the love of Christ don’t tell me you are in Paris now??”
And she messaged back “Yes…can you freaking believe it?!!!”
These are the little things you don’t think of – you know a friend is going away on vacation but you forget where.
I have friends who call France home, so when the news broke of those attacks last week I really felt my heart in my throat.
Then I had a conversation with another dear friend this morning who said she might be taking a break from social media because people pounced all over her because she commented on Paris but neglected to mention Lebanon and Africa and wherever else there had been terrorist attacks also last week.
OK really???? That how you’re going to judge a person’s worthiness because they forget to remember other horrific events which occurred across the globe last week on Facebook???
And as far as the tourism goes in Paris, I am really sick of these attacks no matter where they occur. It is so awful that people are committing these acts in the name of one religion and culture against people who are other religions and cultures. Why are we fighting medieval religious wars in the modern era?
This is the other photo my friend sent this morning. It was a moment of silence at noon today Paris time and all French came outside.
My friend said is all the French want to talk about it. They will say things to Americans like “this is how you must’ve felt after 9/11”. She also remarked how remarkably gracious the Parisians are two visitors in their city even at a time like this.
My friend says the sites are shut down in Paris but restaurants and cafés are open. She said wherever you go your bag is checked and they actually feel quite safe.
What a crazy world we live in. I can’t wait for my friend to get home…. Not that this craziness can’t happen anywhere and I think that’s part of the problem. But as my friend points out with her photo, we need to keep on living.
To my “American(s) in Paris” , safe travels and see you soon.
Paris, je t’aime.