26 July 2011


Our capital is full of flowers. And the people are back in the streets.

Yet it is so silent. Getting off the bus in downtown Oslo today was as if walking into a church. People are talking, but quietly. They are doing normal things, like walking, shopping, eating, but silently. And not only outside Oslo Cathedral. Oslo is taken back by its tourists and inhabitants, but we are all grieving, we are all still numb. It is a peaceful quietness. A friendly one.

The flowers are everywhere. In the streets, in trees, on traffic lights. In the fountains, on the statues. Even the roadblocks surrounding the damaged buildings look friendly, covered with flowers.

"We will punish the guilty. The punishment will be more generosity, more tolerance, more democracy" - Fabian Stang, Mayor of Oslo.

I hope this kindness will last, and that we will find ways of putting all those beautiful words into action.

And to those of you able to read Norwegian, this article by Anders Giæver is more than worth reading.


Knitting-twitter said...

hi, this was a shock to the whole world. I was in Oslo in March, its
such a beautiful town and very friendly people.
All the best from Switzerland, Christa

ramidonya said...

Thank you.
I am so encouraged by this kindness, love and compassion pouring out in response to hate. Thank you for sharing the Mayor's words, and your own. I cannot imagine a better response, and like you, I hope it is the enduring legacy, not more violence or bitterness or rigidity. We know already where that takes us.

Tracey said...

thank you for this post and these amazing photos and words from the mayor.

i am inspired by the people of oslo and all norway at their ability to show love in the face of these hateful actions.

Laura said...

We felt this way in the United States after 9/11. Terror unites us all in sorrow and hope.

monaelisabeth said...

hi Tora. Beautifull homepage, which I nominated for blog-award - read further on my blog dqpage.blogspot.com (in danish, unfortunetely). kind regards Mona

jamieghoffman said...

I happened on your blog because of the knitting (stunning!) and then read this post. I don't keep up with the news much (live in the U.S.) and had not heard about these killings. Your writing is keenly somber and poignant--I was nearly moved to tears! I am so sorry this happened.