Les fleurs et les bougies

Have you perhaps seen this discussion between a father and his little son?



I have watched it several times now (I will admit, not without a few tears) and in it see all that is good in the world – how a father calmly explains a horrific event to his small son and reassures him without instilling a feeling of hate or fear, and how his little son so trusts his father’s words; Oui, ça va mieux (lit.: I feel better now). The flowers and candles will protect us.

Flowers and candles – beauty in the face of hideousness, light in the darkness. What light can we bring into this world though out own kindness, reassurance and trust in our fellow man?


This past summer, I visited Paris for a day, for the first time in my life. Today, after the events in Paris, looking back over the photos that I took what seems ages ago, the tranquility, the beauty, the bonds between people, that is what Paris is to me. I have a lot of respect for that little boy, his wise father and the people of Paris who will prevail and return “la ville lumière” to what it is known for; love, light and enlightenment.


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