‘The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has never put it out’
As the world reels from the terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere, in our own little world the Paris attacks came far too close.
Charlotte, my 19 year old daughter, is currently in Paris staying very near to where the attacks took place.
On Friday she was preparing to go out for the night to the restaurant/bar area where many people were killed.
At the last moment she decided she was exhausted and didn’t go.
She is one of the lucky ones. One of the ones who have a good story. A story of fate that kept her safe that night. A story where all could have ended very differently.
She’s reeling in the aftermath. She’s scared. The what if’s and the delayed shock of the terror. Her tears flow for those that were killed, for families around the world whose story has a contrasting ending. To those who, by chance, were in the wrong place at the wrong time. She feels guilt that she is safe and alive. Guilt because she’s thankful to be alive when so many others aren’t.
Her world has been tainted, changed forever, by the fact on Friday 13 November 2015 she happened to be in Paris, on a day history will remember, and made a random decision that possibly saved her life.
As her mother my head aches from worry. I want her home. Although the emotion truly gripping me is anger.
I’m very angry. There has been an attempt to steal away my daughters innocence. To rob her of her sense of freedom. To haunt her forever with looking over her shoulder, fearful of being in public places and fearful of traveling.
They attempted to take away the liberty of her ordinary life.
A freedom worth fighting for.
We didn’t choose this. We didn’t choose to be soldiers and fight on the street. Although fight me must, with courage and determination, in the only way we can by going on with our ordinary lives. Controlling our fear. Refusing to accept the attempt to steal our freedom.
In my anger I’m aware only one thing has the ability to change this world. Love. To love each and all without discrimination. To love the innocent. To hope love can reach the depths of a terrorist’s heart. To believe love can conquer and love can win.
Charlotte isn’t running home. She’s standing and fighting, conquering her fear. Traveling on with her everyday life of being an ordinary Australian tourist on holiday in Europe. A young girl with freedom and innocence in her step, a heart full of possibilities for the future.
I’m very proud of my girl.
We stand in solidarity. We stand in love. Je suis Paris.
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Our thoughts and love are with all the innocent victims of all terrorist attacks on our planet and their families and friends...