Where were you on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11?
If you weren’t with your family, I hope you were with friends.
Friends can be very much a part of our family, don’t you think?
They’re the family members that we choose. ; )
We were here on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, “here” being the Cathedral of St. Paul. We were there for a couple of reasons: one, the Mass is always beautiful and two, they held a 9/11 memorial service half an hour before Mass.
That, too, was very, very beautiful…though I’ll admit to being just a bit unnerved at the thought of being in such a large public place on such an inauspicious anniversary.
Hello. My name is Margaret and I am prone to worry.
Good thing this guy was watching over us.
This is my friend, Tina. Hi Tina! She was there because her daughter sings in the Cathedral choir, which was amazing. We’re talking cello, violin, and even a harp. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!
(Except I hadn’t died and gone to heaven.)
In the photo, Tina is holding the son of my friend Cathie, who was there because her son marched in the procession with the Boy Scouts and her daughters, with the American Heritage Girls.
Got all that?
Cate, too, got to be in the procession because she had gotten her uniform on Saturday. She was thrilled!
And tried not to gloat about it to her sisters.
After the Mass, there was a reception on the front steps. There were cookies and fire trucks and lots of happy children running amok amok.
Best of all, there were bagpipes.
Is there anything more majestic than bagpipes? Is there anything more…mournful?
It was a beautiful end to a difficult weekend—difficult, certainly, because of the event we commemorating, but also difficult to confront the pain that this life and its losses bring.
I found myself thankful for my family;
I found myself thankful for my friends;
and I found myself very thankful for God, because without Him that day—any day, in fact—would be incredibly, unbearably, unthinkably hard.
Did you attend any special events this weekend? Or did you just hold your loved ones extra close?