|Tears count, sometimes they’re little prayers.|
Not feeling like launching into the fluffy and the frivolous today. I know you understand and feel the same way, but I do want to share a few thoughts with you.
Yesterday I was talking to My-Reason-For-Living-In-France (MRFLIF) about the tragic terrorist massacre in the offices of the French weekly, Charlie Hebdo. We were speaking on the telephone and I could hear the hesitant catch in his voice.
I, and many of you, I know, are Francophiles. MRFLIF is an Anglophile and most specifically a lover of the United States.
“Once again the United States has rushed to support and comfort us,” he said. “When I listened to John Kerry speak to us in French I was so moved I had tears in my eyes.”
He also added that Kerry’s French was superb and his accent remarkable.
You don’t need to speak French to appreciate the emotion and sentiment in Kerry’s words above.
I rushed over to YouTube to listen to our Secretary of State and I too had a similar reaction. The takeaway from our country’s message to “our oldest ally” is simple, fundamental, enduring and absent of politics: hope, promise, freedom and a deeply abiding friendship. Sometimes in the melee of political static we lose sight of our shared values.
Wouldn’t it be extraordinary if we didn’t need tragedy to remind us?
**Your heartfelt comments yesterday were similarly expressed. I read them to MRFLIF today and his reaction was predictable: “You see, that’s why I love the United States,” he said.