Monday, 12 September 2005

Lest we forget

Following the terrible events of September the eleventh,we were all in a state of shock ,of disbelief ,as was the rest of the civilised world,The news reports coming ,minute by minute.It was all totally beyond our comprehension.My poor residents,some of whom had been born during the first world war,had fought in and survived the second ,now this,why? was a question I was often asked and couldnt answer.We some how got through the following days,spirits were low.It was proposed we all,at a certain time and day,all over the world  should observe a two minutes silence,(I forget now quite when it was)As the suggested time was to be at a time when we wouldnt normally be  all together.I suggested we all meet in the community room.I told them I would like them to bring along with them a floral tribute,Iwanted a them to do an arrangement in their thimbles!Do you know some of these were beautiful,those that hadnt got a thimble used the little china ones , you know ,a present from Skegness,even the men took part,you can see what I was up to cant you ?keep them distracted, it nearly worked .So with all our flowers and candles on a table.............I suggested we all now kept the silence for two minutes whilst we remember in our prayers.........With my eye on my watch...... I rehearsed in my mind what I should say ,when I broke the silence  ,(what a strange situation to find myself in,can you imagine it?)The Good Lord , gave me the words.For which I give thanks.            Jan

9 comments:

nedmoh said...

Hi Jan,The Floral Tributes you asked the Residents to  make was a  great idea.It must have looked Beautiful with the candles lit as well, ...and Bless you for finding the right words.  Love Jean

ally123130585918 said...

Jan that terrible day will be etched in our memories for ever - Ally

sarajanesmiles said...

I remember at the time, being glad that my J wasn't old enough to understand what had happened, and that I wouldn't have to find the words to explain it to him, as I really couldn't understand it myself.  I think we were all in shock back then weren't we, and still are to a certain extent.  I'm glad that you managed to find the words, the flower arrangements must have looked beautiful.
Sara   x

madcobug said...

Beautiful thing for you to do for the residents. Helen

jeanno43 said...

God always gives us the right words when we need them!  I do not think any of us will ever forget that awful day as none of us will ever forget 7/7.  I can imagine how pretty those flowers and candles looked.

wobblymoo said...

I can imagine it looked quite special.

jules19642001 said...

what a lovely thing to do, did you get any pictures of the flowers and thimbles........Jules xxxx
http://journals.aol.co.uk/jules19642001/Itsmylife/

jmoqueen said...

Awwwwwwww that is a lovely and sweet thing to do :-)

madcobug said...

The floral thimbles was a good idea. It kept them busy. Guess it would be hard to find enough old tennis shoes to do that plus a lot of flowers. Thanks for the comment in my journal. Helen