365 Days of Earrings

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Twin Tower Earrings for 9/11

I woke up this morning to the sounds of people on TV sharing their memories of September 11, 2001. I knew I wanted to make a pair of tall, thin earrings: elevens, twin towers, for today. I sat and watched and listened for a while, fixed breakfast and watched some more. Then I set about some Sunday chores.

As I swept and dusted, cleaned the kichen, and did some laundry, I listened to the New York memorial service at the site where the Twin Towers once stood. The litany of names, punctuated with moving stories of loss. The Bible readings, including President Obama reading Psalm 46:
Therefore, we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.

Someone read a beautiful passage from Paul, about the wish of those who die that the living shall live life to the fullest, rather than mourn. Andrew Cuomo read from FDR's Four Freedoms speech. Governor Pataki read a Billy Collins poem. James Taylor sang Close Your Eyes:
I can sing this song, and you can sing this song when I'm gone.
Paul Simon sang The Sounds of Silence.
... a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

I took a break from cleaning to make my earrings. Tall, thin, twin towers like those that glimmered in the sunlight just 10 years ago.