Sunday, September 11, 2011

Poppies for Peace- Remembering 9/11

1/8 Sheet
Arches 140#CP

Ten years ago, our country experienced the worst tragedy of our existence - the bombing of the two World Trade Towers in New York. I know that each of us can remember where we were when the news came to us, and the days following, and the days following that.

My father was one of the thousands of construction workers who built the towers -- he's gone today, but I cannot think of the Towers without remembering his work there.

After the Towers' attack, I remembered the urgency I felt to hear the voices of my loved ones, to make sure they were safe, and the great need to be home and with those I loved. I suppose challenging times bring out those feelings .. no matter the threat - to be among those we love.

I painted this yesterday from Mike's hospital room -again, feeling the need to be with one of my own family members. I thought about him, our own family's losses and joys, and felt need to pray for peace ....

For all of us ....

Mike continues improving - perhaps he'll be ready for liquids today and to have even more tubes removed ...

Meantime, we are blessed, to be among those we love as we continue to work for the gift of peace ...

For the world ...

4 comments:

Joan T said...

Thanks for sharing this with us. I agree that the entire World Trade Center experience makes us think about our loved ones more.

I am so glad to hear that Mike is improving!!! Yeah!

Katiejane said...

This is very pretty.
I do remember that day. I was preparing for work when I watched, stunned, as the first plane struck. I thought it was accidental, then I was horrified as later the second plane hit. My husband jumped up from his desk beside me and said, "This was no accident!"
Peace be with us.

Lorraine said...

Beautiful painting and lovely commentary. I avoided all the TV and radio coverage of 9/11 except for a 2006 interview by our own Wendell Berry. What he said then is as true today. I wish I had the text from the video to send you. You would find yourself very simpatico with his views on the land, agriculture, and peace.

So glad to hear that Mike is still improving at such a great rate.

Big hugs,
Lorraine

Diana said...

so glad Mike is getting better. the painting is lovely , a beauty, thinking of that day. take care, Diana