It is heartbreaking to me now that eight short months ago my family and I walked the beautiful streets of Oslo, Norway. My daughter was studying in Copenhagen, Denmark, and we took side trips to Stockholm and Oslo. We thoroughly enjoyed our Scandinavian adventure and each of us had our favorite city.
Oslo was by far my favorite destination. The city's population is about 600,000 but it feels like a "small, big city." The air is clean, the people gregarious, the food sensational, the national landmarks impressive and the beauty of this city perched on the sea is outstanding.
I feel a tremendous sadness and heavy heart for the people of Norway. While the majority of Norwegians enjoy a socialistic government, this one demented individual was able to destroy the idyllic lifestyle of so many people. There is no explanation for this senseless tragedy. We can only rely on the resilience and optimism of the human race in order to forge beyond this heinous act.
Just as the so many nations supported the U.S. after the 9/11 attacks, I am hoping people around the globe are offering big shoulders for the Norwegians to rest their saddened souls and regroup to preserve their peaceful lifestyle.