I could not sleep this morning before 4am. I lay, disheartened and sickened on the sofa, flicking from the internet to the TV, as I watched events in Paris unfold.
Terrorists: you have my fucking attention.
You disgust me.
You make me feel both mad and sad.
Your only desire is to fill our world with fear and hate.
Shame on you!
I will continue to teach my children love and tolerance. Peace and acceptance. Kindness and understanding.
I will maintain my stance on freedom, equality, education and justice. Despite your bullying tactics. I have never been one to lay down to bullies.
And I am even more determined to support asylum seekers than I was before.
Paris, we love you. We love your youngsters singing and dancing on the Champs de Mars. We love your friendly artists, helpful pharmacists, busy waiters and enthusiastic, philosophising passersby.
Stay strong. Mourn. Feel loved. Be safe.
“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” –Jean-Paul Sartre