“When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose.
These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.”
“On July 22nd 2011, we lost some of Norway’s most precious assets: our youth. But we kept our dignity as a nation. Now we will find our way back to normality. But there will be new tests that are just as demanding as the ones we have passed.
I am proud of the way the Norwegian people faced this first big test. We were hit with a brutality that threw every one of us into emotional chaos. We could have gone astray. Instead, our people responded with roses and promises of more democracy and a more open society.
We passed the second test too. We bid farewell to our loved ones in an atmosphere of tranquility and respect. Every last goodbye requires strength. We stood together with those who mourned and needed a shoulder to cry on or a hand to hold.
Our third test is yet to come. It will also require a great deal of us, but in a different way.”
You may read more by Jens Stoltenberg here. 2011 he was Prime Minister of Norway, today NATO Secretary General.
We’d like to dedicate this post to our dear friend Joan O’Malley for her countless acts of kindness towards numerous children and young bereaved asylum-seekers and refugees in Germany these days.
Dina, Klausbernd, Siri and Selma