What a week it has been. Not even week…it has been 5 days since the first terrorist attack in Paris. Sometimes it feels like something that happened long ago. And sometimes it feels like it just happened this morning. The shock is still fresh for everyone.
I have been giving my reactions on Facebook and Twitter, so I won’t repeat everything here. But what I will do is show you the result of the outpouring of support I got from you, my readers, for the people of France, and Paris in particular. See my last post to read about how it all started. I told you I would post your notes on the memorial, and it started with just a few notes, and then more, and then it totally snowballed. So to bring you up to date from the last post…
I put up the first 123 cards. And then the Daily Mail and Fox News happened. And then I put up 39 more notes. And then Brazilian reader (and journalist) Frini saw our wall on the Brazilian news.
And then the requests REALLY started pouring in, so I invited some friends over to help me write out your messages.
We took 86 more cards over to the memorial and placed them on the wall.
Then reader Lucy told us that our notes were on the news in Romania.
And Annika from Finland sent me this article from the Finnish newspaper which included this picture:
And Karis sent me this newspaper article from The Star in Canada, using this photo:
Your notes kept pouring in. I finally finished the last batch late Saturday night, determined to get them up on the wall before the big march on Sunday, where the maximum amount of people would be able to see them. Early Sunday morning, I walked over to the memorial and began taping them up.
A French woman walked up as I posted the last one. She asked, “Are you posting a note for a friend?” I answered, “I’m posting a note for 300 friends.”
This is what it looked like when I finished:
And then I went home and tallied everything up, getting more excited and amazed as I went along. Because there were—are you ready?—340 of you who left messages from 31 different countries. Of the United States, 37 states were represented.
I can reassure you that each of your messages was lovingly written out. (Someone asked why I didn’t just print them. Because they’re personal messages, and I wanted them to each be different, individual, and personal.) I can reassure you that I taped them all securely up in a spot where it wasn’t covering anything else, and where I knew people could read them. Once again…I am so honored to be your messenger.
Here’s a list of countries and states: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Finland, France (incl. New Caledonia), Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom (incl. England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland),
United States (incl. Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin).
I am amazed and touched by your determination to reach out to the people of Paris. And I know that they saw your messages and were equally affected.