The Constitution Day Parade fell on 9/11 this year. There were a lot of people on motorcycles each with a photo and a name of a firefighter that was lost. It was a parade, there was a lot of smiling and waving, but there was an undercurrent of sorrow, reverence maybe, remembrance. I think that is how it ought to be sometimes, some sorrow in between smiles. Remembrance amidsts fanfare, reverence intertwined with living and loving. When someone is lost to you, remember them, the real them, the alive them. Not the hole their human presence made when they left.
“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~ Thomas Campbell
“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” ~ Helen Keller
In one of the stars, I shall be living.
In one of them, I shall be laughing.
And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night.
~ The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery