So no one was watching live TV, and I wasn't on the internet.
We cut the wifi before going to bed, like we usually do, and slept soundly—ignorant of what was unfolding on the other end of the country.
I woke up early in the morning to go to the bathroom.
I happened to glance at my phone after slipping back into bed, and saw a tweet from my brother asking "Are you safe?"
Half asleep, I tried to remember the last thing I'd tweeted. What was he referring to?
Oh well, I'll figure it out in the morning, I drowsily thought.
Damien got up and went to the bathroom then; I must have woken him up.
Then I noticed a new WhatsApp message too.
A friend had said: "Holy fuck. Stay safe over there"
That woke me up a little, and I wondered what the heck might have happened that would make people be genuinely worried of my safety. So I flipped on the wifi.
One second on The Guardian and I was quickly brought to speed.
This is a good summary in English from the French newspaper Le Monde of what's known so far: What you need to know about Paris attacks and the situation in France.
I don't really have words yet, so I'll leave you with some words and images of others:
Voltaire, tragically as true today as ever. pic.twitter.com/12smmGG2m8— Adrian Briggs (@adrianbriggs) November 14, 2015
I always find and share this photo when the news is difficult. Because it is always true pic.twitter.com/FLZMQd1oHk— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) November 14, 2015
Peace for Paris pic.twitter.com/ryf6XB2d80— jean jullien (@jean_jullien) November 13, 2015
Update Nov. 19: I also recommend reading:
- Empathy Doesn't Need a Passport | The Everywhereist
- Paris, Beirut, and the Language Used to Describe Terrorism | The Atlantic