My 9 year old daughter is learning about the Titanic, at school, as the 100th anniversary is Sunday. She comes home every day and tells me with great excitement all the tid bits she has learned. She is especially fascinated with the unsinkable Molly Brown. Gigi loves the fact that Molly helped with the evacuation, even taking up an oar herself in lifeboat #6. Even though she was met with resistance, Molly insisted the life boat go back and look for survivors. Gigi thought that was great, because Molly was trying to keep things positive.
Gigi is looking for any and all information on the tragedy, like so many of us she is utterly fascinated. In this story where there is so much pain, and heart break to be found. I am surprised, and delighted that she is choosing to focus on the less obvious, positive aspects of this story. Like how the orchestra continued to play while the chaos unfolded around them. They chose to help people stay calm, and retain some normalcy, even though they knew they wouldn't have a chance at surviving themselves.
I would like to point out the courage of the engineers, and other crew. Who were told to head up to the deck, but choose instead to stay below where knew they could be of more help. These incredibly courageous men, kept the lights on until two minutes before the ship sank. This selfless act afforded so many the opportunity for survival. I wonder if anyone has ever stopped to thank them?
The Captain of the Carpethia, didn't even bother to confirm the message, that the Titanic was sinking, and needed his help. He jumped out of bed and said, "Turn the ship around!"
This story gives me a whole new appreciation for my boring life. Could you imagine being a mother who had to get your kids out of danger, while saying good bye to your husband. Watching your kids say good bye to their father, knowing they would never see him again. What about those ladies who refused to leave their husbands, even though they knew what it meant for them.
I didn't realize there were dogs on board, about 12, that they know of, 3 survived. They were small and easy for their owners to carry. Ann Elizabeth Isham, had a Great Dane, he was not allowed in a life boat, she refused to leave him, how much love does that take? A lot of people might call this lady "crazy," I call her amazing.
The city of Southampton lost over 500 people who were crew members, in the sinking, a devastating blow. The Mayor at the time, Henry Bowyer, set up a relief fund to help the families deal with the loss of income. Local people got together and held charity events to contribute to the fund. Helping people is always a beautiful thing.
Like so many tragedies similar to this one, there is so much that just doesn't make sense. Like why they didn't have enough life boats, they didn't fill the ones they had and, why the Titanic was going so fast at night in icy water. Why some people literally missed the boat, and some were called to duty at the last minute.
I could get completely lost in the devastation if I stop and think about this for too long. So I think I'm going to follow the lead of Gigi on this one, and search for more positive, and heart warming stories. I am going to focus on the love and concern for others, that drove people to perform selfless acts of courage, to save complete strangers. The love that was so great it over rode someone's concern for their own safety, enabling them to stay with the one they couldn't bear to leave behind. Even if it was a dog.
Hoping you find something beautiful in everything!