Wednesday, July 04, 2007

"Freedom:the condition of BEING FREE"

Such wonderful news; Alan Johnston is free. I know nothing else, apart from the news that he's safe. How he feels is unimaginable.
His family must be hugging each other with relief and delight; they'll be longing to see him.
A family is whole again. And Alan's life is his own again.

And those other stolen people; may they be free, may they see light . May their families hear news that will bring joy.
And I'm sure we're thinking about Madeleine; pretty Madeleine, and those countless others.

PS: Just watched the Lunchtime News:
Alan's father, when asked if he was proud of his son, said: " Yes, I am. He's a good lad"
(And I can SO imagine my OWN lovely dad using those words...about his son, son-in-law, grandsons, great grandson; easy, ordinary words expressing a lot)

Alan's dad said it all; about his son whose courage is inestimable.


Blogger Stay at home dad said...

Agreed. I heard him talking about it being 'only' 4 months vs Waite's 4 years. Amazing bravery and resourcefulness.

5:22 pm  
Blogger Anne Brooke said...

It's marvellous news indeed!



7:43 pm  
Anonymous Susan said...

Every time I feel like giving up on the human species an event like this comes along to highlight something decent in us. The fact that we can feel such joy in the release from captivity of a complete stranger...perhaps we're not beyond redemption after all.

8:40 pm  
Blogger Philippa said...

In a week when we've had the threat of terrorism on our doorstep once again, this news is so uplifting isn't it? I got up to pouring rain this morning and was thinking to myself, "When are we going to see some sunshine?", then put the news on and the sun shone brightly once more. And, yes, we mums are always proud of our sons..............

9:31 pm  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

Wonderful news. I hope he has the time to recover from his ordeal with very little media attention.

1:45 am  
Blogger apprentice said...

Yes wonderful news indeed. He is such a modest man, but you can almost feel the respect and love he engenders.

He was obviously unhappy about his hair he kept touching it and flattening it and shaved his head at the first opportunity, again making the point to me just how important it is to be able to control how we are seen by others.
It was lovely seeing him able to reassert his own identity.

11:48 am  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

Extremely goo dnews - and we can all do with more good news.

12:18 pm  
Blogger Carole said...

Yes that was good news - I didn't hear it until the evening. You are right Jan to remember the others. I've just heard that another little girl is believed to have been kidnapped.

1:51 pm  
Blogger Cailleach said...

I saw that too. It must be such a relief for his folks and friends

10:13 am  
Blogger Lucy said...

It really was a lift to hear about it, wasn't it?

9:08 pm  
Blogger Jon M said...

Hi Jan,
Thanks for looking in on my blog! 'Freedom' is often on people's lips but I suppose people like Alan Johnson know what it really means!

1:18 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

Yes, he sounds/is a great guy.


I know exactly what you mean.

Dreadful summer, but still got my fingers well and truly X!!

Yes, the press can be horrendous. However I'm writing this a week later and it seems they've dealt with this one with sympathy.

I'm up for Good News, CB!

She's now back home safe and sound.

Yes we probably only really appreciate freedom when it's out of sight or disappearing..

And we can always do with them, can we not?!

Good to see you and thanks for visiting me!

12:55 pm  
Blogger Suffolkmum said...

It's fantastic news that I managed to miss, being tucked away in a remote corner of France that week. Was so delighted when I heard. It's also the sort of thing m Dad would say, but he'd say 'a canny lad'.

1:08 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

Suffolk Mum:
Hello again and congratulations on your superb blog!

9:31 am  

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