Paris is Forever (Paris, November 13, 2015)
24 Tuesday Nov 2015
Two times this year there have been attacks of terrorism in Paris! It hurts my feelings and makes me angry; even angrier than a native Parisienne. I went to Paris to live because I love the French lifestyle and respect their philosophies: liberté, égalité, fraternité. I enjoyed these beliefs when I lived there. Now someone is trying to ruin it. I am as sad as the people who live there.
Now, I live in Germany where there are also threats of terrorism. I hate terrorists, but I am not scared. I won’t change my life style. We go out when we want to and, of course, we will continue to go to the nice German Christmas markets. I will go on a holiday in two weeks too and I will continue to live my life. If it is dangerous, then I’ll take it.
As a Chinese, I come from a totally different culture. This has made it easy for me to use my natural human sense and instinct to see the situation around me: I still see the importance of values like freedom and humanism.
My husband is a German engineer. It was Paris that brought us together. Paris has given me many great times and happy memories. Paris is forever.
I believe that we should share our feelings and beliefs.
Meimei Cong Wu
Alyssa Heitfeld, English major at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and Editing Intern with A Woman’s Paris®.
From A Woman’s Paris®:
How horrible the terrorist attacks on Paris on the 13th of November, 2015! We offer our sincere condolences to Paris. Our heart goes out to those who have suffered in Paris and communities worldwide; we are deeply saddened by the loss.
Liberté, égalité, fraternité “liberty, equality, fraternity,” is the national motto of France and the Republic of Haiti. How true this is to our experiences with French friends, expatriates and colleagues living in France, and people from around the world.
Take care. Be well. Tell us that you and your family and friends are safe.
Love to all,
A Woman’s Paris®
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