holding steady

August 9, 2011 |  Category:   life

Friends, there have been really dark days recently in the world and I admit that I have been taking the news really hard, but after a night of becoming distressed over things I can’t control, the morning seems more calm. It’s hard to understand the events of the world right now. I can understand hopelessness and helplessness, but I can’t understand violence. Seeing some photographs of citizens banding together to clean up after the riots in London gave me some hope. Watching the girls go about their day, totally oblivious to the news that’s going on around them, is also a kind of normalizer. Their enthusiasm about rock climbing at camp for the first time, or their giddy anticipation for an airplane trip next week is infectious.

I think going away will be good for me. A break in routine. There’s usually a tangible excitement in the air a week before a big trip, but I’m not feeling it. Mark’s been very busy at the kitchen (thank you to all who have participated in our summer sale so far!), but I have wrapped up my projects last week and there’s a fair amount of uncertainty in what’s lined up for fall when we get back in September. We’ve been through tight times before. We know what to do to get through this. I also know that our family is lucky. Stay safe.

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  • Seema August 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    The events of London are very difficult to stomach indeed. London’s my sweetheart city, born and brought up here… and I’ve seen nothing like it. It’s absolutely devastating to watch people destroying my city thus. They are no less than terrorists; this is not helplessness or hopelessness – it has just become open thieving, mindless thugs causing damage just because they can get away with it! It’s awful, really does make you miss childhood days when we were so oblivious to the crueler sides of life.

  • Seema August 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Where are you going away to by the way? Hope you have a lovely break with your family! 🙂

  • Jenna August 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    @seema thank you! We will be in San Francisco, Seattle and the san juan islands.

  • Seema August 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    sounds wonderful, I’ve always wanted to visit San Francisco… have a great time 🙂

  • Liz August 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I’m glad that you took solace from today’s pictures from London. I lay awake last night angry and ashamed of my city as police sirens went past and news helicopters hovered above. But seeing images of fellow Londoners making cups of tea for police officers who’d been on duty for hours and the mass of brooms and brushes made me smile and made me proud.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday and that when you come home the world is a calmer place.

  • RebeccaNYC August 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I sometimes take a break from the news…there is nothing I can do about it, and I find it so confusing and upsetting. I am NOT head in the sand, by any means…I just sometimes need time without the weight of the worlds troubles on my mind. When I check back in, nothing, and I mean nothing has ever changed.

  • sara August 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    The recent events reminds me of France’s own riots few years ago. At the time I was living in Paris and it was very confusing to watch my country turning into a war landscape. I say confusing because it felt somehow wrong to spit on young people who were already at the marge of society. There were lots of stupid looters who just were there to steal and break. But there was something else, too. Hidden, politically incorrect, and perfectly revolting for sure. Nonetheless, it was rage and absurd but these kids didn’t know any other way to express their unhappiness. So they break. Their own houses, sometimes “yours”. For days there were fires and burning cars in my street. Of course, circumstances are different now in London, and like everyone else I am disgusted by what I see but I don’t want to ignore the other side of the story either. Because there is always one, as hateful and illogical it might be. (sorry for my bad English)

  • geena August 10, 2011 at 12:26 am

    ooo when were u at my job?


  • geena August 10, 2011 at 12:27 am

    habana 🙂

  • Cath W August 10, 2011 at 4:16 am

    I watched the clip of the young injured teenager who, clearly dazed, was helped to his feet, only to have his rucksack opened and ransacked. While it was still on his back. I ran to the sink and threw up.
    Last night while I tucked my children into bed in our sleepy seaside town, my husband was in Manchester for work where the ‘disaffected youth’ smashed sport shop windows to steal trainers and attacked BBC journalists and radio vans (my husband works for the BBC).
    I’m frightened and ashamed. But mostly just incredibly angry.

  • Jenna August 10, 2011 at 9:31 am

    @geena, last thursday, with my friend RJ!

  • Jenna August 10, 2011 at 9:33 am

    @cath @Liz I’m sorry you guys are going through this. It is scary to watch. Cath, I also watched that clip of the mugged teenager. It’s sickening.

  • geena August 10, 2011 at 10:11 am

    come again i’ll get you lots of corn!

  • Emma August 10, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I live in Paris but I am English, my friends and family though are in England. I have a heavy heart every time I look at the news footage. It is sickening but one must continue to see other, positive things. Your blog always makes me happy.