Pete's Heartbreaking Piece About The Manchester Attack

I have to put on a brave face

The horrific attack in Manchester once again shocked the world at a time where, sadly, we think we've seen it all in terms of horrific events.

Pete Curulli, as a relatively new Dad, wrote a heartbreaking piece on the current state of affairs and how he's scared for both his family and the world at large.

Here it is in written form.

"Yesterday was really emotionally draining, and I don’t mean to trivialise the deaths, or what families directly involved in that tragedy are going through, but all I can talk about is how it’s hit me here, on the other side of the world.

I got home, I picked up my little girl and I held her tight, and I thought about the bright future I’m hoping she’ll have, and the moments both high and low that we’ll share the joy of, or support her through, and I thought about how much this animal has taken away from people who will no longer have the same, the children who are too young to be exposed to what happened, and the parents who have had everything taken away from them.

We’ve been exposed to this on a world stage since 9/11, and I want so badly to join the chorus of people saying ‘you won’t win’ to the terrorists, but for the first time, I genuinely feel scared, for my daughter, for my family, and for myself.

There’s something different about this one, where it took place and whom it affected, that has made this feel like it could happen anywhere, including here at home in Perth.

This attack happened at an arena concert attended by girls with an average age of 12 to 20, and whilst Mila is only just about to hit 1, this has happened in a setting where it really could’ve happened to anyone. It feels like that could’ve been any concert, in any city, killing any 22 innocent children. And for me it’s just hit me a little too close to home.

I want to be brave and dismiss the terror and send a message back that our freedom and liberty will not be broken, but I also want to just pick up my family and go and find a bunker somewhere and put them somewhere safe because right now I feel like our world is broken.

I have to put on a brave face for my little girl, and for my family, we have to support each other, but I wanted to talk about this because I want you to know that if you’re feeling scared, you’re not the only one, and it’s okay."

Written by: @PeteCurulli