Sunday, July 22, 2012

In Memory of 22nd of July 2011

Dear all.

Today is a special day. A day in sorrow and a day in memories.
One year ago today, on the 22nd of July 2011, 77 lives were so meaningless taken away by terror done by one person filled with hate.

22. of July will never again be "just an ordinary summer day" for us Norwegians....

Norway is a peaceful and silent country. We just turned 5 million peoples in our whole country, a small country where we all feel free and safe. A country where we all feel so connected to each other, where we all feel as a part of an small community. When something happens in one city, it always still feels so close, it always feels like "home".
Its a country were we have always felt so safe, and so innocent... "just a little country where nothing wrong ever happens"...  We are a very free and open minded people. We trust each other, and we trust the safety in our country. We can let our babies sleep outside in our gardens without being watched. We can let our small kids go to the stores and buy candies without being followed by a grown up. And we can stop by the road in the middle of the night and sleep safely without being afraid that anything will happen. Our polices are friendly and they do not carry and weapons. They simply just do not have to. In Norway we also believe that to carry weapons gives the wrong signals, that the best way to secure peace is to express piece. Weapons don't do that.

The 22nd of July 2011.
I were in Chicago USA, CHA had just ended the day before. I stayed in Chicago to have classes which I were so looking forward to. I was of course tired after 3-4 hard and long days at CHA, but were inspired and found a bit extra energy in the excitement of finally meet some of these girls and to teach this class I had been looking forward to for so long.
All the sweet girls had just found their spots in the class room, and we were just about to start the class. Some ladies had came all the way from Canada and Texas, and this were going to be a great evening.

Then I opened my Mac which already had Safari up from last time I used it. The last site I looked at was the Norwegian largest newspaper VG, which were still up on my screen. As soon as I opened my Mac, I got automatically internet connection from the class room, and the newspaper site were due to this automatically updated. I will never ever forget the images that came up on the screen then...

The first image were showing some very destroyed large buildings, and I could immediately see that it had to be about a bomb explosion or something. Below the picture it said something as "bomb explosion in Oslo". I just managed to think "no way, not in Oslo?!?", before I discovered another image just below there showing an island and water.. and lots of covered up dead bodies.. Under the picture it said "At least 80-90 killed" or something like that. I were confused, I were in chock... I simply just couldn't understand anything at all. I remember I were thinking "but this photo of this island is not the same as the destroyed buildings"... and "this must be two different things, but it can't be, it says Norway under both...". There was no way I could understand this, the situation were just too unreal, too chocking.. nothing like this could ever happen in my small and peaceful home country Norway.

If you wish to see the two images I first viewed in Chicago, you can click on the links below.
Please be aware, these images contains strong details!

Here is a link to VG from the 26th of July in English explaining the situation in general. Please note that the number of killed people were finally adjusted to 77 people.

All these young and innocent people lost their lives to terror 22nd of July 2011.

Right after the attach this beautiful Norwegian song "My Little Country" from Maria Mena became a "symbol" for this terrible day and for our country in sorrow.
Please click on the arrow on the image below to play the song and lots of memorial images.

After I got these terrible and unreal news, the rest of the evening, the rest of the tour, never ended as I hoped and planned it to. I was not myself, and I could not focus at all. My mind and all my thoughts went to all those young people who lost their lives so brutally that day, and my mind was "back home in Norway". I missed my family, and I wished to take part in the strong community that grew in the following days, where people came together in sorrow to remember the lost ones. To stay together against terror, and to show the world that love is a a lot stronger then hate. One sentence were said from one person this day, which will never be forgotten; "When one person can show so much hate, imagine how much love we can all show together". Norway simply refused to let any hate win over us. Our people stood up from the very first day, stood together, and said "we will not revenge this, we will win over hate with all our love".

I come from Stavanger, the 4th largest city in Norway. Our city is about 600 kilometers from Oslo, but still so close... Our city alone has just above 100.000 citizens. On the 25th of July, almost 100.000 people came together in our city. This shows how strong our people stays together in unreal situations like this one. I wished to be there, but I were on the other side of the world.

Here are some images from my home city Stavanger from the 25th of July 2011;

A carpet of flowers and candles at our old church. 

Lots of people laying down roses and set up candles at a little water we have in our city.

Almost 100.000 people together in my home city, together in memories, and together in love against hate.

"All" together to remember the lost ones, to stay together in love against hate. Roses as long as eyes can see...

Even though I were on the other side of the world, traveling around in USA and Canada to teach Prima classes, I could still feel how everyone in the whole world stood together in this sorrow. I never dreamed of that our little country Norway could ever get this attention, to get this sympathy from people around in the whole world. But in a situation like this, it seems like we all comes together, no matter where you come from or how far away. Suddenly the whole world is a smaller place, and we all can feel others sorrow and pain. At the same time as I felt so far away from home, I also felt that the world isn't that large at all. Where ever I went, people came over to me and expressed their sorrow and feelings for what had happened back home in my home country. I felt that people understood my sorrow and my situation to be in, and that gave me strength to continue on on my tour.

I would like to use this opportunity to say "thank you" to all of you who attended my classes on the tour and for your patience and understandings. I am sorry that I were not able to be 100% myself and that my classes probably were not as we all hoped and expected them to be. But you all helped me trough it with all your kindness and all the amazing moments and memories you gave me! It all made it possible for me to look forward to each class and to find inspiration and happiness trough all the pain and sorrow. Every moment I spent with you all was a great and unforgettable moment, and I am so glad that I continued the tour and got the opportunity to meet you all. THANK YOU to all of you from the bottom of my heart <3

22nd of July 2012
This is a link to our largest Newspaper VG today, where you can follow lots of updates on how our
country are remembering 22nd of July 2011 today.

The evil person who took so many lives 22nd of July 2011, have been in court all June to be put to justice. The results of this will be announced later this month. Please note that in Norway can not anyone be sentenced to death. In general we have a maximum punish of 21 years, but in this case the Norwegian people have been promised that this person will never be set free ever again. He is simply too dangerous for our people and for our country.

Today is a sad day, but also an important day. The same with this blog post, which is probably the hardest one I have ever written. No matter how hard I try, everything I write sounds wrong... I just can't find the right and best words for a post like this.
It is always important to try to move on, to look forward. But at the same time it takes time to get through the sorrow. For me it was extra hard to move on when I came back home after my tour. It had then been two weeks since the terrible day, and even though there were still traces of sorrow all over, most people had moved on more then I had. I came back and needed to talk, to ask questions and to be a part of the community. But most people had already gone trough most of that and I were "behind". When I were in USA I were unable to really share my thoughts, I couldn't even call home. I only reached my family on Skype 2-3 times after the terror day. When I were back home, I felt it was too late to do any blog posts like this. I tried to catch up on everyone else and to "move one" as far as that was possible.
So, for me, this blog post today is important. An important step of this memorial day, to remember the hard time one year ago, and to move on. So I would like to thank you all for your time, to let me share this with all of you, and for your patience for this long post ;O) It means a lot to me.

Please remember all our lost ones, please send them all and our country a little thought today, 22nd of July 2012. My thoughts today goes to all those who lost their lives and their families. I hope the times that comes will be better for everyone, that the world will be a better place to live on, were we will never be attacked by any terror again. I hope for piece for everyone.

*Love is stronger then hate*

THANK YOU to you all. I truly appreciate every one of you!

*warm hugs*


sassy said...

my love and thoughts are with you all
in your time of sorrow..why the world is full of hurt i will never understand...may the love you share help you through this the sadest of times sassyxxxxx

bethann said...

that was a terrible day and my heart went out to everyone affected. as we are again suffering from a mass shooting, i pray for peace. i don't understand hate at all

Evil Edna said...

My heart goes out to everyone, I remeber hearing about the attacks and having to sit down, I couldn't believe it. Sadly England has had a long history of bombs and terrorism and I wish we responded in a way that is as positive as your pictures. It is amazing to see people united against hate, standing together side by side carrying roses as a symbol of unity. Peace.EE

maïté said...

All my thoughts for all of you
I hope that the world will be in peace

Buttons said...

Oh Ingvild, something this terrible can never be fully explained or understood. It just leaves pain and heartache for so many people.
The town I grew up in, Harlow, was twinned with Stavanger and I remember meeting so many wonderful, kind and generous youny people from your beautiful country.
The UK news has been talking about the anniversary today, and I know you will be in the thoughts and prayers of so many, including me. Sending you best wishes and love, Buttons x

butterfly said...

I have a very close friend in Haugesund, and my thoughts today are with her, with you, with all those who lost someone close or had their lives forever changed, and with the whole of Norway, a country I love very much.
Alison x

JoZart said...

Such a moving tribute from you and my heart goes out to everyone affected. I spent a wonderful holiday in your beautiful , peaceful, country that it is so hard to comprehend that this happened there.
Love and Peace to the World
joZarty x

Marie Wisén said...

Många varma kramar till dig! <3


Leah Ann Gast said...

So sad! Prayers go out to all of you, because everyone was affected. I don't understand people why they do what they do. Hugs! Leah Ann

Romy said...

I still remember this day so well too. I was in shock - how could one person take the lives of so many innocent, young people. Just like you, I'm still dreaming that some day everyone will live together in peace and love.

Marley said...

So sad.. My thought are with all of you! hugs Marley

Trina said...

I think you did a wonderful job explaining what happened, how you felt, and what's happened since. I pray you feel comforted today...

Sharon F. said...

Thank you, Ingrid, for posting this and for educating us all. this was a terrible day. May God bless you all. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I watched a special show on the attack last week here in Aussie and it was more detailed than the original news reports so I now have a better understanding of what happened that day, such a sad loss of innocents...I hope your justice system can come to the right decision with how he should be punished. I think it will take the ppl of Norway a long time to get over this horrible thing that has happened and to place trust that there society is as safe as it once was...

Lizzyc said...

Thank you for this moving post about this terrible tragedy.. may you all find the strength together to get through this sadness..

Snickerdoodlin' Journal said...

Ingvild... thank you for sharing your post today. With all the senseless tragedies that have occured in our beautiful world ... we need to practice and show love and peace.

You and Norway (and now even the senseless tragedies in the USA) are all in my thoughts and prayers.

I think the positive out of all the senselessness is that through adversity we come together united in love, peace and hope for a better day.

huge hugs

Annie said...

Denna dag kommer alltid att vara ett minne hoss alla. Har lyckligtvis ingen släkting som blev drabbad men vet att den finns familjer från mormors hem by Kragrö som blev drabbade. Jag hoppas att smärtan för dom drabbade bleknar med åren så det inte gör lika ont att minnas. Många varma kramar.

Ros Crawford said...

I still get tears when I think of these tragedies ... I visited your beautiful country for the first time this year ... and your home city of Stavanger ... what a lovely tribute your city made ... my thoughts are with you all ....

Dee said...

My heart goes out to everybody in norway because all of you are effected by such a tragedy. I'm from the Netherlands and my sister in law has family in Oslo. I remember being in shock when I heard this happend in Norway. For some reason I always thought these kind of things never happen in Scandinavia and is was absolutely shocking to hear otherwise. I wish everybody in the world the strength to keep going, to keep loving and to remember those who are no longer with us. With love, Dee

CuddlyBunny said...

I hope for everyone peace and joy, and a special hug just for you for reminding us how very small our world really is.

Debbie said...

My heart goes out to everyone.. It is a crying shame that we can't live without fear. My prayers go out to all of you.

Tanka said...

I saw it in our news, it was a horrible day ((

Linda (Lindyloo) said...

Ingvild my heart goes out to all the people in your country and especially those who lost loved ones. What a beautiful post you have done, a real tribute to a genuinely lovely country. I hope the shock of this has begun to ease and this maniac never sees polite society again.
God bless you all.
Linda (Wales, UK)

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