Today, I feature a couple of flower pictures but for a different reason than most days.
I watched these high school students play steel drums, and enjoyed some locally made food.
And, while I sat on a ledge, eating a locally made sausage (it was good, too!), I suddenly had a random thought.
We were so vulnerable. We were on a closed off street, and throngs of people were out there enjoying the beautiful spring day you can see in the picture above. (Today, we are back to rain). But the happy vibes could change at any moment, and that is what our modern terrorists feed on.
In London, last night, they fed again.
I have several British friends on Facebook. I've never met any of them in person, but I read, helplessly, their posts last night. Two lived in London until not that long ago, and were asking everyone they knew to let them know if they were safe. Another posted that her son, who lives in London, had already reached out to her and he was safe.
Safe, yes, but traumatized. Again.
This is our modern world. And we have to figure out how to stop this. We are all vunerable, but there are also solutions to all problems.
The trick, of course, is to find a solution that will not turn our democracies into dictatorships headed by strongmen who promise security, but then spread their own type of terror. Most Americans do not know what that is like, but I grew up among men and women who knew what that was like firsthand.
Fear can do strange and terrible things to populations searching for security.
Just ask those survivors, fewer every day, who were alive during the days leading to World War II. My growing up neighbors are all dead now, but they taught me well just by their existence. They never talked about it (trauma does that to you) but I read a lot about that era, growing up in the 50's and 60's.
I just hope we can make our way through this latest challenge to our civilization without losing our freedom.