while i’ve already shared an update from barcelona yesterday on my blog, i wanted to pop in again today and share how my heart is with those who lost loved ones in las ramblas on thursday. some have left early, but we have chosen to stay in this beautiful city as we originally planned and have been so touched by the love we have witnessed and received. i want to share with you the beauty of barcelona. i know sometimes after attacks like this it can be a scary thought to want to visit such a place, but the people and beauty in this city are gold. it is a safe city, an incredible city, and we have loved our time here so far.
i have different roles as Naomi Davis and each one seems to tug at me in a different way about how to react to this terrorist attack.
as a woman, i am scared and sad for the people who were killed and for their families.
as a mother, i wonder about how i can best teach my kids the facts about terrorism without terrorizing them. terrorizing their little spirits is what it feels like is the goal of these types of attacks sometimes. terrorists not only want to kill innocent people but also instill fear in everyone else. i refuse to let them. i want my children to know these acts are wrong and unacceptable, to know how to lend support and help and love in moments like this and especially to never allow these acts to dictate a life walked in fear, but to lead an unapologetic life of adventure where they seek good and give good everywhere they go.
as someone with people following along on social media, i wonder what to share and say that would best spark peace and hope in a group of people who have diverse perspectives on what is best and how to act and how to help. it’s hard to know!
these different roles make me ask…do we pack up our bags and head back home to new york? do we stay at the hotel each day and not leave? do we gather our children together, try to share with them in ways they can understand about what is happening here right now? do we take them out to explore and celebrate this incredible place that has so much to offer, even in a difficult time? do we go out with the kids and learn about barcelona or appreciate cultures different from ours? do we go out but not as tourists? do we have fun? do we mourn? can we do both?
while we all grieve and process things differently and our opinions may vary greatly in this scenario, i truly hope to show respect to those who have lost their lives on las ramblas and to their loved ones, and i hope my photos and stories from barcelona can be viewed as a celebration of this incredible place and what their people have to offer. it feels like shining a positive light on barcelona is how i can help the people here the most.
as we stood at a candlelight vigil last night with our children, we listened as many chanted around us “not afraid.” and i loved that. because i believe it’s times like this that we must go out, and continue to live and love as human beings.