I am sat on the train to London for a business meeting. Am I worried after yesterday’s attacks? Yes. Am I worried every time I travel to London? Yes, but I still get on the train and go. It was only 2 months ago that a large bomb plot in Manchester was foiled only streets away from my offices. To not carry on with everyday life would be giving into the fear they want to create.
Anyone who has read my blog will know I work in the business travel industry and within minutes of the attack we were alerted and watching the live updates. My colleagues regularly travel around London for meetings and I have clients who have offices only minutes away so it was a frantic few hours making sure everyone was safe and o.k.
By the time I got home last night it was late and after putting Charley to bed I thought long and hard about putting the news on with Harry sitting there. As a mum I want to wrap my babies up in cotton wool and never let them see the ugly side of the modern-day world we live in but that’s not reality and like teaching your child how to swim or cross the road today was a day I had to prepare my child for the world he was growing up in. I did not focus on the evil or use words like ‘bad man’. I told Harry to look at the Paramedic’s, the Police Officers, the passersby who stopped to help, Tobias Ellwood The MP who gave Police Officer Keith Palmer mouth to mouth and stemmed the blood flow until the air ambulance arrived. I told Harry about the Heroes. This does not make what happened any less of a tragedy but while the media wanted to focus on the darkness of the attack I wanted my son to see the shining lights that are the emergency services who everyday risk their lives so we can ‘carry on with everyday life’. As I left the kids this morning I gave them a big kiss and an extra-long hug, just because I could. This morning Keith Palmers family are waking up to the 1st day without that luxury. He died so we could ‘carry on with everyday life’.