August 8th, 2011 by A.G.J.
Much will be written about the tragedy in Norway. Some will say the gunman was crazy. Others will reveal how calculating he was. Many will lament the day a country’s heart was broken (once again) witnessing the massacre of her children. At the heart of this story flesh and blood heroes continue to emerge. Men and women who could’ve stayed a safe distance away from the chaotic nightmare instead sped straight into it, saving many, many lives in the process.
One story in particular caught my attention.
A survivor shared on NPR how he’d watched one of the teenage girls who’d been shot, look at her friends, and tell them, “You are so beautiful. I can tell by your faces that I’m going to die, and you are so beautiful.” Apparently the young girl just kept murmuring those words. The man never saw her again. He doesn’t know if she lived or died.
All I know is that the child uttering those words radiated presence and fearlessness. No bullet can harm that light. Not now, not ever. Of that, I’m sure.