Mourning for Paris

mourning for parisIt’s Monday, November 16. A Monday that should be a normal back-to-work, back-to-routine kind of Monday, but it’s not.

I feel like life is on hold today.

How could it not be, after the carnage in Paris over the weekend?

The images from the bloodbath are surreal and defy comprehension. As the death toll rises and the horrific stories continue to unfold, I try to wrap my head around this atrocity, because that is human nature. To try to make sense of things.

It’s useless. Evil on this scale can not be explained.

Evil is imprinted on the faces of those terrorists as they systematically snuffed out innocent lives of people just living their lives. Evil is marked on the terrorists who planted a bomb on the Egyptian flight bound for Russia. And evil is the name for the suicide bomber who blew up a busy street in Beirut, killing scores. More innocent lives, lost for nothing.

Just like with 9/11, there is no sense to be made out of terrorism that rips our social fabric to shreds, tears loved ones from our arms, destroys life as we knew it.

The jihadists are gloating over their success as the rest of the world weeps for the City of Lights.

My husband and I have been to Paris several times. Our daughter spent her semester abroad there. We have walked the streets, dined in outdoor cafes, visited museums, shopped in boutiques. Normal things that you do in a city like Paris, experiencing the vibrancy and charm of this stunningly beautiful city. Exactly what the innocent victims were doing Friday night.

What is to be learned from this? How can parents explain this to their children? Why are we hated for pursuing the pleasures that life has to offer? When will we be able to live our lives in peace? Where will the terrorists strike next?

There are no answers.

But once again, we find ourselves on high alert, watching the news, wondering what will be next, fearful.

I have been pretty much staring blankly at the work I should be doing. My head and my heart are with the Parisians who are numbly trying to get through their Monday, just going through the motions as best they can.

It should be a normal Monday.

But it isn’t.

In Mourning for Paris

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58 Thoughts on “Mourning for Paris

  1. No, not a normal Monday. Nothing is normal these days. I worry about kids being raised in this environment, will their feelings be stunted? Their ability to feel be impacted in some awful way?
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  2. We are living in scary times. It’s horrific the carnage wrought at the hands of these terrorists. We watch, wait and hug our children and loved ones. But the moderates need to be put back into power so they can take care of keeping down the extremists. The land must also be taken where the strongholds lie–that is the lure for the hundreds of thousands of youths drawn to the perceived glamour of the organization and caliphate.
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  3. It is not normal. It is hard to understand. Committing suicide while killing innocent people is terror.
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  4. My cousin, who lived and married in Paris (whose wedding we happily attended there!) just emailed me. Her friend’s daughter, living in Paris, was supposed to go to that concert but decided to go to London. Her 3 beautiful friends were all murdered. I don’t know what to type after that last sentence. I’m at a loss.

    I’ve been to Paris 3 times. It’s my favorite city of all. Happy, beautiful, magical memories. I was going to look for my photos from there but decided it’d make me feel sadder.

    Like you I’m at a loss for words, Helene.

    I once promised my son I’d leave the world a better place for him. Yesterday I told him I didn’t think I could live up to my promise.

    Blessings for all the victims and families of all of the tragedies. Thank you for writing this so beautifully, Helene.
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    • hbludman on November 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm said:

      Thank you for your eloquent words, Cathy. I am so sad to hear about the three friends of your friend’s daughter. That is beyond tragic. Just unspeakable. My heart goes out to everyone who is dealing with a loss today. Many, many people.

  5. Robin (Masshole Mommy) on November 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm said:

    I am still having a hard time wrapping my brain around this whole thing. It’s just completely heart breaking.

  6. Thank you for this post, Helene. Over here we are mourning over the loss of innocent lives and the loss of a way of life that can no longer be taken for granted. But I can guarantee you that the French zest for life will thrive and survive.
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  7. You share my thoughts Helene. How do we assimilate this into our lives? I don’t know. Time will tell.
    Kimberly XO
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  8. I still can’t wrap my head about the whole event. Having spent so much time there when I was in my 20’s I am so heart broken for the people and the families who have lost love ones.
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  9. It is very sad. We need to mourn and support Paris, but we also need to mourn for other parts of the world suffering.

    Scary stuff.
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  10. There is so much sadness today. I woke to heavy heart.
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  11. I don’t watch a lot of news, but Paris had me hooked. It is so sad. I traveled there a few years back, as so many of us have, it is such a special place.

    • hbludman on November 16, 2015 at 5:03 pm said:

      It’s unspeakable that people have to have their loved ones snatched away from them so violently.

  12. I just drove by the French consulate which is in my neighborhood here in New Orleans. The flowers are piling up and they have police barricades in front of the house. Also, the city has just released information that 40 Syrian refugees have arrived here within the last few weeks and NINE of them (on a 2nd look) have dubious passports. Perfect. This is such a mess.
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  13. And your new photo is lovely. I just can’t sign off without saying that. LOVELY.
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  14. I’m afraid there is no normal any more. The world has gone mad, and I feel such a deep and profound sadness, it’s hard to stay positive. Thank you for putting my feelings into such a beautiful, articulate post.
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  15. Prayers and love for Paris and the rest of those in areas where terrorists reign
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  16. It really is such an awful atrocity! I am still in shock myself, and praying for those people.
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  17. There are so many strange things happening in the world at this current moment. Prayers for Paris
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  18. Welcome to the new normal..they say. It is truly heartbreaking indeed. I don’t think we will be seeing an end to this madness for a long time to come either. It’s so hard to get used to normal …isn’t it?
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  19. My heart hurts for Paris and the world.
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  20. I have PTSD so I am still processing everything that happened in Paris. I am so grateful that my mother returned from her trip before the horror happened and all of my friends that were either flying in or out of Paris that day are safe.
    I am terrified but believe that it will start happening here with more frequency.
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  21. It’s such a tragic event. It’s hard to imagine what people living there are feeling right now.
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  22. Its a scary world we live in. I remember 9/11/01 happened my first week away at college. It shook me to my core not only because most of my family lives in NY, but because it was literally my first week adjusting to living on my own and this horrible national tragedy happened. It literally shook me to my core.
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  23. I am in such disbelief that we live in a world like this; words actually fail me.
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  24. It’s hard finding solutions to a problem when we don’t understand the reasoning behind these types of actions. The whole world needs prayer right now and I send my deepest condolences to all during this trying time.

  25. Incidents like these make me glad I have the ability to put bad things out of my mind. Otherwise the tragedy of these incidents that happen all over the world would drive me crazy.

    • hbludman on November 17, 2015 at 8:41 am said:

      We have to keep on living, this is true, but it’s hard to when there is so much pain and suffering going on.

  26. I’ll never understand evil on that scale either. And I’m glad that I can’t/won’t.

  27. My heart is breaking for Paris. I’m headed there next week. I hope to show my support in any way I can!

  28. “How can parents explain this to their children?” <<< this is what my sister was dealing with… my niece is only 7 and really couldn't wrap her head around what happened. So sad.
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  29. The world we live in is scary. I pray for our leaders; that they can make the right decisions to keep their countries safe in times like these.
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  30. Last week I deleted FB off my phone. It has really helped me to just process the terror in this instance and the inhumanity that we are seeing. Such a heavy heavy heart.

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