Last minute apartment cancellations in Paris are hitting various social platforms I follow. I can only speculate that these cancellations tie to the shootings. And I get it. Videos of execution style killings are enough to intimidate all of us. If I loved Paris less, I might do exactly the same thing.
Realizing our landlord may be concerned we would break our lease, I sent her the following email shortly after the news broke:
Hi Francoise… It is so tragic what happened in Paris today (and so very near your home). I hope all is well with you. We are thinking of you all. Of course, this does not change our plans. It would take more than 3 terrorists to diminish my love of Paris. We will see you on May 3rd.
It’s not that I am foolhardy or brave or anything else. I just believe in the hands of fate. When your number is called, it’s called. There is no escaping that, eventually, all of us die.
Before moving to Europe, we lived in the bucolic paradise of Evergreen, Colorado. No corner of this earth is more beautiful or peaceful. If you want to live one place with the assurance that nothing bad will ever happen, move to Evergreen.
A young family did just that; husband and pregnant wife, young daughter. Shopping for school shoes one Saturday morning, they headed “down the hill” to Denver. An i-beam fell from a bridge and killed them all instantly – crushing their SUV as it passed underneath. They had moved to Evergreen from New York City after 9/11 in those crazy times when all of us felt a need to retreat to a safe haven.
Whenever I feel like moving to guaranteed safety, I think of this family.
So call it the whimsy of God or karma or fate or heck, call it the will of Allah. Whatever it is, you can’t escape it. And when you try, especially out of terrorist spawned fear, then three people win – and the rest of the world loses.
Look for us to be in Paris soon. Hopefully, I will have nothing but wonderful experiences to share. And if you ever wanted to visit this amazing city, now might be the perfect time.