Thoughts For Manchester

What news to wake to this morning.

at least 22 dead, including children, and 59 injured (so far) after an explosion outside the Manchester Arena last night, following the Ariana Grande concert. And there are still some classed as ‘missing’…

Apparently a bomb like bang was heard on one side of the arena and then a swarm of concert-goers from that side descended on the other side in terror.

There were many children at the venue too, going to watch their favourite singer. How horrific to have to go through this… I’m just glad this happened outside the venue… imagine the carnage had it been inside.

The singer is also shocked, and devastated that something like this happened at her concert. She is ‘broken’.

It has been classed as a suspected terrorist attack.

Thanks to the emergency services who swarmed to the site on duty and worked selflessly through the night to safe keep the rest of the city.

I thanked goodness that I was not aware of anyone who was there, but my thoughts went to my friend who had been to an Ariana Grande concert a few nights previously with her two daughters… What must she be feeling…?

I wondered… do I mention this to the children? They are 9 and 11 and may be too young to be exposed to all this, but then I know they are aware of all the other horrific attacks that have happened over the last year or two. That’s the joy of the internet, and gossip.

My Lil Man is at secondary school so the older children would definitely know, so we watched the news unfolding this morning.

My Lil Princess is an Ariana Grande fan, and will always sit and watch her songs, and look for information about her. It was inevitable that she would find something out. Better I explained the tragedy to her than her finding out alone, because I knew what her reaction would be.

Tears.

First thoughts from her was “Is she [Ariana Grande] ok?”  and since then she has been asking me “Why?”

Isn’t that the question on the lips of everyone?

Why all this senseless killing? Not just from last night, but all these terrorist atrocities? No God wants you to kill innocents. That is no God indeed, if He is asking you to kill the life He created…

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all concerned.

65 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. uapsnu
    Jun 01, 2017 @ 16:07:25

    On that dreadful day, Manchester city became Manchester united.

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  2. Sarah Brentyn
    May 25, 2017 @ 15:40:07

    I am heartbroken and disgusted and so many other things. It was a horrific day as I watched everything unfold. I had or stop myself reading about it. I don’t know what to to about telling my kids, either. That’s always a difficult decision. I haven’t yet…

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  3. Tony Burgess
    May 24, 2017 @ 00:50:06

    Manchester sounds like a town full of community spirit, they are going to get through this in time. I hope that justice will be served quickly. Be safe my friend.

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    • Ritu
      May 24, 2017 @ 06:57:41

      Thanks Tony. I think when this sort of thing happens anywhere, that sense of community spirit, mostly hidden, becomes apparent. We are all one really!

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  4. wwwpalfitness
    May 23, 2017 @ 22:13:07

    An atrocity very very sad

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  5. fattymccupcakes
    May 23, 2017 @ 21:59:51

    So, so sad. My heart is with England 😦

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  6. atypicalteenagelondoner
    May 23, 2017 @ 21:14:16

    Thank you for posting about this tragic event and offering your thoughts to those affected.

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  7. Judy E Martin
    May 23, 2017 @ 20:23:00

    It is just horrendous that this has happened, especially to children. It is hard enough for us to understand llet alone try explaining it to our children. x

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  8. TanGental
    May 23, 2017 @ 20:07:33

    for people like us, naturally optimistic these things can eat away. It hurts awfully and i understand you dilemma with the children. Newsbeat on the BBC has done a good job of trying to explain it, if that helps. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat

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  9. Adele Marie
    May 23, 2017 @ 17:41:58

    This is a tragedy, that’s too mild a word for it. My thoughts are all of the parents who have lost children, the survivors, those who have helped through the night and of the aftermath up and down our country. All I can do is pray for them, I wish I could do more. xx

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  10. jacquelineobyikocha
    May 23, 2017 @ 14:53:14

    It’s senseless and beyond despicable.

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  11. sonofabeach96
    May 23, 2017 @ 13:46:12

    So senseless. You said it all with the statement that no God would approve of these killings. It’s cowardly, and repulsive, to perpetrate these atrocities in the name of ones God. Unfortunately, humans have done this for centuries. Pisses me off, and is one of the reasons I shunned organized religion. And what do they accomplish, other than devastating the lives of random families? I’m never in favor of violence or eye for an eye, but these cowards whom hide behind their cloaks of religious martyrdom should be exterminated.

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  12. http://www.salpa58.wordpress.com
    May 23, 2017 @ 12:10:27

    This is man’s inhumanity to man. We were all born with free will, everything we do is a choice. God has no hand in our choices. Where there is good there is evil, choose, where there is love there is hate, choose. There is an old Indian saying.

    “An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there’s a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies & ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy & truth. “The boy thought about this & asked, ‘Which wolf wins?'” The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed”.

    I pray for joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. Don’t let your evil wolf out.

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  13. Fourth Generation Farmgirl
    May 23, 2017 @ 11:28:43

    Heartbreaking.

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  14. flavours2017
    May 23, 2017 @ 11:25:38

    There should be some movement to stop this terrorism — it’s a horrific act — mass movement is needed to stop such incidents — feeling hurt —

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  15. niasunset
    May 23, 2017 @ 10:00:40

    What can I say, it is so sad and now easy to explain to our children, even we can’t find the answer of why! I am so sad dear Ritu, I heard this morning, I can’t imagine people in there. God be with them. Peace, Peace, Peace! I pray for this.

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  16. Osyth
    May 23, 2017 @ 09:23:56

    It’s dreadful. Absolutely dreadful. My thoughts will echo everyone else’s. But I did want to comment on your conundrum about the children. Mine were 6, 9, 11 and 14 when 9:11 happened. The children were all told at school and we discussed and continued to as the news played out over the ensuing weeks. It was right that they were told by people that cared for them rather than picking up scary scraps on the news and from imaginative friends. Just my view. But I would tell them.

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  17. foodzesty
    May 23, 2017 @ 08:59:20

    Awful, and so sad… 😦

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  18. YesterdayAfter
    May 23, 2017 @ 08:50:53

    That’s very sad and insane to do something like this in a concert that attract mostly teen age kids, Ariana Grande has lots of very young fans, going to concert should be a moment of happiness, my prayers goes to the victims and families and to everyone that was there attending that night!

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  19. willowdot21
    May 23, 2017 @ 08:13:37

    So awful I am so saddened Sis 💖

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  20. celestialk1
    May 23, 2017 @ 07:46:18

    😦 It’s all heartbreaking.

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  21. Kunal Thakore
    May 23, 2017 @ 07:28:17

    This is shocking! And scary as hell. I took my daughter to a Bieber concert 10 days ago and when I heard today’s news, was thinking, what if?
    Praying for all the kids and their parents.

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  22. robbiesinspiration
    May 23, 2017 @ 07:27:25

    So awful, Ritu. I have goosebumps thinking about it. Thank God you are safe as are my cousin’s daughter and my friend Sumith Babu.

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  23. Erika Kind
    May 23, 2017 @ 07:16:36

    It is horrible to think of the attack itself but not caring that there are so many kids and young people involved makes it even worse. As you wrote, how must the singer feel although she cannot do anything about it. Very sad 😢

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