An Australian couple, Marite ‘Rin’ Norris and Anthony Maslin, who lost three children alongside their grandfather in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have welcomed a new baby.
The couple confessed that “even though they still live in pain but, the knowledge that all four kids are with us always, brings light to our darkness.”
“As Martin Luther King said ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’
“We will continue to love all four of our children equally. Violet brings some hope and joy for us. We hope she brings hope and joy for you too.”
The father talked about the children in the present tense to the 1000 people gathered before him, because he said he was certain they were in the room.
“My relationship with our kids is about hugs, tickles, songs, and music – lots of music,” he said.
He said the beach played a huge part in their lives.
They were also “citizens of the world” who had lived in Hong Kong, Amsterdam and a remote community in the Maldives.
“This worldliness gives them qualities that are difficult to define,” he said. “In some ways, they have crammed more into their short lives than many people would experience in three lifetimes.”
He paid tribute to each child – cool but responsible Mo, strong and caring Evie and carefree, crazy Otis – and said he would choose his short time with them over any normal, long-lasting life. “Even ignoring my obvious bias, our three children are unblemished, innocent, perfect souls,” he said.
He then stood beside his wife at the service as she gave a heartbreakingly emotional tribute to her three precious souls.
Source: The West Australian