The Sunday Serving
I think all parents think about the state of the world that they’ve brought children into. Right now, the state is pretty poor, in my opinion. As a new parent, I believe I found the recent events in Norway even more disturbing than I would have pre-Baby. I just couldn’t stop thinking about how all the parents must feel, all those families ripped apart. One of our closest friends is Norwegian and she told me a story about a little boy who walked up to the gunman and said, “You just killed my father. You can’t do that. You can’t just shoot people. I’m only 11. I’m too young to die.” The gunman apparently walked away from him and let him live.
And once I start thinking about Norway, thoughts of September 11 aren’t far behind. Luckily, I didn’t know anybody who died that day, but I remember watching it all unfold from a TV at work. Somebody came to my desk and said, “A plane has just flown into the World Trade Center!” and I rushed into the conference room to watch the news. At that point, they weren’t sure if it was an accident. Then, as I watched, another plane flew into the second tower and there was no doubt it was an orchestrated terrorist attack. That day has taken the whole world in a scary direction and I feel sorry for all the future generations who have to deal with this. It makes the days of my youth, when my biggest fear was that the Russians were going to drop a bomb on us, pale by comparison.
Apologies that today’s Sunday Serving is a bit serious, but I’m in a pensive mood.
Worldometer – Prepare to have your mind blown by this site. Want to know how many people are in the world right now? Or how many bicycles have been produced so far this year? When I wrote this, the number of births today was at 188,160. What is it now?
Hands Across America – My friend posted this on Facebook and it brought back a flood of memories. I don’t know if you heard about this in the UK, but when I was little, there was a charity event called “Hands Across America”. The concept was that Americans would get together on a given day and hold hands, creating a line that stretched all the way across the country. Of course, there was a song to go with it. This all happened around the same time as Band Aid, so catchy theme tunes were an integral part of charity events back then. I remember the day we did it. We went to our assigned town and took our places in the assigned spot. When we were told to hold hands, we held hands for about ten minutes. We sang “Hands Across America”. It was actually a powerful moment. It was over pretty quickly and we got back in our cars and went home. Although it all seems a bit cheesy with the theme tune and all, it was actually pretty cool. Maybe we need to do something like that again.