Love padlocks (also known as Love Locks) are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture and most often affixed by sweethearts to symbolize their everlasting love.
Have you heard of Love Locks before? While in Paris, making our way to Le Louvre, we crossed over the Pont des Arts bridge that was covered with love locks.
Apparently, City Hall tried to have the locks removed in May of last year stating that they posed a threat to city heritage but the "lovelockers" keep showing up and locks keep appearing.
I actually found the sight to be rather charming. Names and dates are written with a permanent marker; the lock is affixed to the bridge; then the key thrown into the Siene as an expression of love.
The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom. (Bell Hooks)
This afternoon I watched some of the 9/11 memorial ceremonies and have been rewatching news coverage of the tragedy as it unfolded in 2001. Even 10 years later, it is so shocking to see. Gloria at Crochet Galore posted a beautiful and heartfelt prayer for this day. Sending love, blessings and wishes for peace all around the world. Tammy