Remembering and Reflecting

Today, I am reminded how quickly life changes.

A few months ago I posted this picture of the new World Trade Center 1 building. This morning I reflect upon this image as I did the morning I first took the photograph. As I left my apartment, I looked up and had been drawn to the sunlight passing and shining through the top of the building. Like that morning, today I think about my first husband, Peter Mardikian who passed away on 9/11/01 while attending a conference at Windows of the World and of all the other people that lost their lives that morning.

Today, I have hope.

New World Trade Center being built

On this morning, I am not only reminded of sadness of the past but I am reminded of kindness of people. During a time in which I had lost everything that had meaning, I found away to continue on from the strength and love of others that surrounded me every day. Family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers were relentless in their efforts to help me move forward and to find new meaning.

Today, I am grateful. Today, I remember and honor all of those taken to soon by unnecessary violence and war.

I am thankful for the years that I had with Pete. He taught me how to love and to live in the moment. I miss him and remember all of the good times we shared. His legacy continues to inspire me.

A Beautiful Gift

by Cindy wang

by Cindy wang

I received a beautiful gift in the mail today.  It was from a young lady who I have never met named Cindy Wang.  She was part of a larger project called The Seattle VOICES Art Project.  This art project began ten years ago as a response to the events of September 11, 2001 by Dianne Brudnicki and her students. 

This year they created a Tribute Flag Project.  Each volunteer was given the name of a loved one that was lost on that day.  From reading about the loved one on the Voices of September 11 Memorial Pages, the artist was to create a design to honor that person.  Then, they carved the design into a linoleum block to create prints and a muslin flag.  The Tribute Flags have been donated to Voices of September 11 and are on display. 

Today, I received my print along with a handwritten card explaining the symbolism behind the design made in memory of my first husband, Peter Mardikian who died on 9/11. 

Cindy wrote:
In the flag, there are 2 rings to symbolize his marriage- one of his dreams.  The stars in the background represent you and other family members and the sky represents Peter because in the story, it mentions Peter was “on top of the world.”

I am truly grateful to Cindy and to the other volunteers who took their time to create such meaningful artwork.  To me this gift was a reminder of the human spirit and the power of art.  It is such an overwhelming feeling to know that someone took her time to find out about my late husband and to create such a remarkable symbol.  Her act of kindness is inspiring.  Thank you Cindy!