Friday, July 08, 2005

Thinking of London

I just don't know what to say about the horrible terrorist attacks in London, so I'll just point you to my friend Sarah Garrecht Gassen's excellent editorial in the Arizona Daily Star.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and survivors in London.


At 12:11 PM, Blogger Susan said...

Like many of us here, I love London.

I have a close friend there much my junior, almost young enough to be my grandson. (We met on line, years ago.) The last time I was in London he and I took a long walk through the city at night.

It was warm - it must have been June - and the city glittered with lights. We walked onto a footbridge across the Thames and I stopped, enchanted. Looking out over the city, I said, "English has been spoken here for a thousand years."

Alex said, "English was invented here."

The city has been there for a very long time. That night we went to visit a wall built by the Romans, and I put my hand on one of the stones... Alex told me they'd found a packet of letters home, a packet that miscarried, from the Roman soldiers in London. Complaints about the climate, questions about how the kids back in Italy were doing... The people of London are deep-rooted and tough. New Yorkers think they're tough, and they are, but they don't have any points on Londoners.

My daughter in Britain advises me that the English, the most well-mannered of peoples, become very very tough when they have their backs to the wall. They're saying now, "London was bombed by experts (the Nazis). We're not going to get all upset by amateurs."

God protect London, and all of us.


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