Thank You

Right after September 11, the headline of the French paper Le Monde read:

“Nous Sommes Tous Américains.”

Today, we are of course all French.

So much has already been said, written and shown since yesterday. More is useless. We all know that such violence has roots and that we all feel powerless, facing the responsability to build a better world.

However, from my little corner of this world, I want to thank the people who have sent me e-mails and texts, asking about my French family and just telling me that France was on their minds. I should add that most are bloggers, Facebook friends that I’ve never met and maybe sadly won’t ever meet.

And yet.

Also thank you to the bloggers, from the USA, France or any other place in the world, who have posted about France, sometimes closing comments as a sign of mourning.

I believe in this kind of world.


  1. Behind the Story says:

    You’re right. Today we are all French, and we’re all in mourning. In this war that cannot be fought by armies, we struggle to find and spread love and understanding.

  2. Evelyne, I thought of you and your love of Paris as I listened to the horrific news on NPR yesterday. So much blackness and tragedy.
    Here is a link to a thoughtful post written by Ann Lamont that I thought you and your readers would appreciate:

  3. Thinking of you dear Evelyne and your family and loved ones and of a country and people held close in love and prayer worldwide today…

  4. Many hugs from Phoenix, Arizona.

  5. Thinking of you, and everyone affected by yesterday’s tragedy.


  6. Abrazos, hugs, to you. Be embraced by kindness in this most difficult time of heartbreak. I have to say, I am afraid, and wondering if my mother and cousin should cancel their trip to Paris. They are scheduled to leave in 10 days-but I leave that to them.

    • Merci, Mona. It’s hard to know what to do. Obviously it’s too fresh to feel like traveling to Paris. But life must go on. Look at NYC. The human resilience is stronger than death by violence. This is the best weapon against terror. If they go wish them well from me.

  7. I can only hope there will come a day when we don’t have to send condolences for violence against the places and people we love. Sometimes, I feel like it is following me. From Jerusalem, to New York, to Boston. Via London and Dublin and again, now Paris. I hope you loved ones are all safe.

  8. Thinking of you, your family and friends, and all our friends in France – a sad time once again in our history.

  9. We all stand together today.

  10. Agree, Dan. And not only as French or Americans, but as people who want to build a better world where peace is more than a wish.

  11. Shocking … heartbreaking … but the world stands with France. You’ve been in my thoughts, Evelyne, and I hope all is well with your family in France.

    • Thank you, merci, Patricia. My family is safe. None of them lives in Paris anymore. The world shows an enormous amount of support for France, and I only wish the press could show more than the same images and write deeper articles to explain (not justify) the reasons behind these acts. Paris is a symbol of beauty for many people, so the reaction is of course as symbolic. This part of the 11th is where I lived before I got married. It used to be a quartier with a mix of small shops and people from all means of life, much more diverse and affordable than the trendy area it is now. And Le Bataclan a concert hall where I attended several concerts as well. So, yes, it is not difficult for me to envision the current state of mind there, in France but also through Europe and the rest of the world. Thank you again, Patricia, for your kind words. I know how much you love France.

  12. My heart was breaking for France as I followed this on Friday night. You are in my thoughts, too.

    • Thank you, Kimberly. Merci. My French family doesn’t live in Paris anymore, so all are safe. My family, here in the Sates, has lived September 11 in a pretty concrete way, although nobody died. It’s easy for us to feel the pain and suffering of the people who lost a loved one. It’s also easy to imagine how the French feel now that they face the responsability to act against this form of terrorism. Let’s hope for a world of peace sometime soon for all the children everywhere in the world who ask why.

  13. Evelyne you are in my thoughts. There are no words.

  14. j’habitais encore à Houston, TX pendant le “9/11” et je me rappelle tout, avec les moindres détails… notre fiston et sa compagne habitent à Paris, le we dernier, nous sommes montés les voir, et… Paris restera tjs PARIS! ❤ tu as certainement lu "ça":

    "A Moveable Feast" – "Paris est une fête" by Ernest Hemingway

    “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast… When we came back to Paris it was clear and cold and lovely… There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be reached. Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it… You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me…

    Paris was never to be the same again although it was always Paris and you changed as it changed… You expected to be sad in the Fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person had died for no reason. In those days, though, the spring always came finally but it was frightening that it had nearly failed…”

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