Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last 24 hours, you know about the violence in Paris. When I started seeing the news alerts and Tweets last night, I hoped it wasn’t as bad as it turned out to be. But, as the night wore on, it was clear it was bad. And, it was also clear it could have been worse.
My daughter is 9 years old and she’s been to Paris twice. I went to my wife when the news started to get more serious and posed the question. Do we tell our daughter? When’s that right age to show them the blemishes of society along with all the wonderful things the world has to offer? It felt like the type of thing we should discuss with her. We were comforted by the fact that she handled the riots in Greece during our recent trip in a rational way, asking good questions about the violence and fighting. And, we’d discussed 9/11 with her.
Well, it was definitely emotional. There were a few small tears but she rebounded quickly when we showed her pictures of solidarity around the world. In the end, we felt like it was the right decision to open her eyes a bit more to the world around her.
I can recall walking around lower Manhattan about 45 days after 9/11, a place I’d been so many times as a child and adult. It was very tough to process, mostly because of the silence on the streets as we all absorbed the profoundness of the losses suffered. But, New York, the USA and the world were able to move past it, to rebuild in a way, and mourn in other ways.
And, while there’s plenty of bad news and images out there today, I choose to focus on a few of the brightest moments I saw over the past 24 hours:
And, one of my favorite pictures from our recent Paris trip.
The French bestowed upon us the larger version of this statue and she looks over lower Manhattan, vibrant as it recovers from the attacks of the past. The smaller version now looks over a city just starting its own recovery. That recovery will succeed.