More terror in our world, we weren’t there but others were

Westminster Bridge terror So Happy In Town

As news of the terror which took place at Westminster Bridge broke out at the school gates on Wednesday, there were feelings of shock, horror, fear. It’s so close to home.

‘My husband crosses that bridge every day.’

‘We were only there last week with a class of year 2 children.’

‘I was there with my daughter a few days ago’ (I really was).

There is a resounding relief that we weren’t there.

But many people were.

Just as innocent people were there on 11th September 2001, thousands of them.

People were there on 7th July 2005, on their way to work in London.

People were there on 26th June 2015, relaxing on a beach in Tunisia.

People were there in Paris on November 13th 2015, at the Stade de France stadium, in bars and restaurants, watching a concert at the Bataclan.

People were there on 14th July 2016 in Nice, watching a fireworks display to celebrate Bastille Day.

And people were there, and continue to be there in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Every. Single. Day.

Sadly, this will go on, and it won’t be the last time we say ‘I was only there the other week…’

But those who have lost their lives don’t have the fortune to be able to say that. Families are broken. Shattered into smithereens by unnecessary loss. Innocent lives taken. Others holding their breath waiting to hear if loved ones will pull through.

And tragically this is happening every day all over the world.

But London goes on. The world goes on, and horrifically this evil goes on. But it won’t defeat.

For now we are not so happy in town, because shit really does happen. Such enormously awful shit that we can’t really comprehend.

So, all we can do is spare our thoughts for those that have suffered.

Because they were there.

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38 Comments

  1. March 23, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    This is so well written. It’s impossible to comprehend such loss. Very sad times and such madness in the world. Your words are beautiful x #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 23, 2017 / 11:17 pm

      Thank you Kimberly – such a lovely comment on a very sad subject. Thx for reading #brillblogposts xx

  2. Jools
    March 24, 2017 / 9:14 am

    I’m new to your Blog. A friend of mine put something you had written on FaceBook and I had a look and like the way you write. I also live in West London, so know a lot of the places and things you write about too. I think what you say here is beautiful, succinct and to the point. I wasn’t there either, but could so easily have been.

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 24, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      I’m thrilled you like my blog! It’s all very new so it’s fantastic when people like yourself discover it and like it. Love you to subscribe if you fancy, and you haven’t already. Glad you can appreciate the places etc in West London that I write about. Thx for commenting on this post – it’s a sad reality of our lives. x

  3. March 24, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    I always try to look beyond what’s happened for the people helping – the police, ambulance drivers, the MP etc. So sad … Thank you for your lovely words #WeAreNotAfraid

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 24, 2017 / 10:08 pm

      You are so right, the people who support during and after these awful incidents are incredible and must be remembered. Thank you for reading and commenting x

  4. ward
    March 24, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    Wise, wonderful words Susie. You can’t rationalise this because it isn’t rational.

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 24, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Thx for your comment Mike. It’s a crazy cruel world x

  5. March 24, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    This is so true, its so terrifying. Just to add to your montage of quotes I actually work in Westminster, about a 4 minute walk from where it happened, I had switched my work from home day to Thu this week so wasn’t there. But the fact is it could be any day anywhere. We just cannot account for people using such simple everyday things like cars as a weapon. How can we protect ourselves from that, never leave the house? This is such an enormous problem that I can’t get my head around it. How do we stop people from getting to a stage where they are willing to commit mass murder and lose their own life, in most cases in the process. Where does this start, is the most important question? It’s not just about religion, there are many factors.
    What do you tell your kids about this kind of thing? I guess focus on looking out for others, being safe themselves etc. Thanks for sharing, you have echoed the thoughts of many. #StayClassyMama

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 24, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      Thx for your very thoughtful comment. My kids were quizzing me about it and it was very hard to use the right words without scaring them. I guess it’s a matter of time before they realise these cruel things go on in the world, and that’s just life. There can be no way to control people who have no value for innocent lives, it is so inconceivable for us. I’m so glad you are safe and weren’t at work in Westminster that day, but you must have been so worried about your colleagues. So close to home. x

  6. March 24, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    The world can be a terrible place but on the other hand there is so much beauty in it too. Definitely very much not happy in town right now though. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xoxo

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 24, 2017 / 9:39 pm

      You are right, there is so much beauty in the world and we must focus on those positives around us otherwise this kind of cruel act will take over. Thx for having me at #coolmumclub x

  7. March 24, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    This is a lovely, sad, powerful post. One of my best friends works in Leicester Square, the first thing I did when I found out (I was in work) was to message her. She was at work, she said it was a strange atmosphere. The police did a great job of ‘keep calm and carry on’ but she said everyone was subdued, shaken and tense, it broke my heart when she said she just wanted to go home. Thansk for writing this thoughtful post xx #stayclassymama

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 24, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      I am so glad your friend is OK – such a scary thing to happen and so tragic for those who were there. Sadly it’s happening all over the world every day. Thx for reading and commenting x

  8. March 25, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Powerful message, this is why terrorism will fail: the strength to carry on and the love that cannot be destroyed #kcacols

  9. March 25, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Lovely post. Such a sad thing to happen, and because most people have been there, it feels so close to home. #KCACOLS

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 26, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      I know, we have all been to Westminster and so easily could have been there that day which makes it even more scary. And makes us think about the people who were tragically there at the wrong time. Thx for reading and commenting x #kcacols

  10. March 25, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    It’s really awful, and it’s really sad there are such distorted and unstable people in the world. It’s almost always failures – a failed actor, failed DJ, a man who can’t hold his marriage together. It’s sad that this is how they decide to channel their failure into the world. Nice post. #kcacols

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 26, 2017 / 9:07 pm

      I know Lydia, it’s tragic that one person could cause such destruction and heartache for others. Thx for reading and commenting x #kcacols

  11. March 25, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    it is so tragic but I don’t find it shocking anymore. it is our new norm and unfortunately I think we will see more and more of these types of attacks. such mayhem and murder caused by one man with a knife and a regular car. #KCACOLS

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 26, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      I totally agree Emma. Sadly it’s a fact of life for us all and what can we do but live each day to the full. Thx for reading and commenting x #KCACOLS

  12. March 26, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    For once I don’t have the words. You have said everything there is to say. It matters. It matters a lot. #PostsFromTheHeart

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 26, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting. You are right, there are no words. Hard to explain these things to our children who don’t understand why this could happen. #postsfromtheheart x

  13. March 27, 2017 / 10:20 am

    Beautifully put. Far too much hate in this world 😣

    #KCACOLS

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 27, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      There really is, but a lot of love too. Thx for commenting x #KCACOLS

  14. March 27, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Powerful words, simply and effectively put. Such a tragedy. #coolmumclub

  15. March 27, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    A beautiful post with such simple, powerful strength resonating. I read it and appreciated just being and send my thoughts to everyone affected. The world is a place of pain and hate but also love and compassion. When everything is falling to crap that’s when you need to remind yourself of the positives. And to endeavour to live. Thank you for linking to #stayclassymama xx

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 27, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      What a thoughtful comment, thank you. You’re right, we need to focus on the positives and the love that is out there. Thx for reading and hosting #stayclassymama x

  16. March 29, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Beautifully written. We can’t begin to understand being there but we can send our thoughts and love.
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 30, 2017 / 8:36 am

      Thank you – it’s just inconceivable and so hard to get our heads round but just got to think of those who weren’t so lucky to not be there. Thanks for commenting and hosting #ablogginggoodtime x

  17. March 30, 2017 / 7:55 am

    You’re right – so many awful things happening in the world but nothing instils fear more than when it happens close to home. I was actually on the Victoria line when they close Westminster station and my husband works nearby too…so hard to comprehend the “what ifs”

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 30, 2017 / 8:33 am

      It’s all so close to home for us and difficult explaining it to our children as they are now very aware that this kind of awful crime can happen on our doorsteps. Thx for commenting and hosting #KCACOLS

  18. March 30, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    I had goosebumps reading this.

    Thanks for linking with #KCACOLS and we hope to see you again on Sunday.

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 30, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      These events are just inconceivable and far too frequent. Thx for your comment xx

  19. March 31, 2017 / 7:51 am

    A beautiful post. These things seem so unbelievable and yet they keep happening, I think all we can do is stay positive and keep showing that tiny minority that life and we as people are stronger than their actions. The incident on the bridge made me cry at my desk at work, it’s a scary world some times and I hate that our children have to find out about things like this. Thank you for sharing! #kcacols

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 31, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment. It’s so hard explaining these dreadful acts of terror to our kids especially when it’s so close to home but like you say, all we can do is stay positive and strong. We will carry on. x

  20. April 1, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    It’s so true. Any of us could be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I found out that my aunty was actually on the bridge very soon after it happened and I hadn’t even realised that she was in town that day. Very scary. Thanks for joining us this week. #bigpinklink

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      April 2, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      It’s just all so close to home but sadly it’s happening all over the world, everyday to people who are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thx for commenting and hosting #bigpinklink x

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