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In all of our travels in and out of the City, Jeff and I often passed this gated church draped with a spectrum of ribbons.  We never knew what they symbolized, but assumed it had something to do with their congregation.  Last week, when I was in the city, the amount of ribbons caught my eye again.  I loved how it looked alongside of the golden string of trees.

When I got home, I googled the church to find out what the ribbons really meant, and couldn’t have been more touched.  The Marble Collegiate Church stands at 29th St. and Fifth Ave. in NYC–a route I often walked to Penn Station.  The ribbons, it turns out, symbolize the lives lost in the Iraq war.  As mind-numbing as it is to grasp the thousands of lives lost, the beauty of the ribbons and the significance of the remembrance behind it, is all so heartwarming.

On this Veteran’s Day, I thought I’d share this image to celebrate and honor the many military veterans.

Marble Collegiate Church

On Sunday, March 19, 2006, the third anniversary of the start of war in Iraq, the congregation and friends of Marble Church hung thousands of ribbons on the iron fence that surrounds the church as a physical representation of prayers and a plea for peace.

Gold ribbons, displaying names, ranks, and ages of the thousands of American service people who have lost their lives, represent prayers for the surviving families and friends. Each Sunday morning during worship, the names of service people who have died in the war in Iraq are read aloud. At the conclusion of the service, their names are attached to ribbons and affixed to the fence with the others.

Blue ribbons represent prayers for the families and friends of the tens of thousands of Iraqis who have lost their lives, and for all who have been wounded. The toll of human pain and suffering is impossible to measure.

Green ribbons represent prayers for peace in the Middle East.

Since the installation on March 19, thousands of people walking past Fifth Avenue and 29th Street have been impacted by this image and have stopped to read posted information about the ribbons and review the names that are attached.

Marble Church congregants and friends continue to pray daily for the wounded and the day that war is no longer an option.

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Oooh, look! A squirrel!

The past couple of days, Jack and I have been interacting with the rest of society.  For the first few days at home, I think we both stayed in our pjs all day.  It felt nice, but it feels much nicer being outside in the crisp cool air.

Daytime in our neighborhood, just like everyone else’s I’m sure, is so different.  There’s a parade of strollers at the various parks, laughing school children fill the sidewalks and all the seniors occupy the park benches.  With shades of orange and brown as the backdrop, our walks to the park are filled with so many cool sights.

dirty knees

Since he’s been in the habit of snatching other kids’ balls in the park, I bought Jack a new ball today since we left his back in VA.  Just like the rough and tumble boy he’s become, he had a blast throwing the ball and chasing it into the dirt.  Once he’d follow the ball into the dirt, he would spot a squirrel (‘OOOH, look!  A squirrel!’)  And from there, we’d have a whole new game to occupy our time–in the dirt.

As fun as it is taking him to the park in the middle of the day, I still feel like I’m on maternity leave or taking a lot of sick days.  It’s definitely surreal to have the freedom to actually enjoy being home, and to not have that anxiety about missing work like I did before.  All the moms huddle together and lunch on the grass with their kiddies.  The nannies lunch in the park as their kids play in the swings.  Since I’m new to the whole stay at home mom thing, I don’t know a soul at the park.  While Jack has no problem meeting little dudes his height, it’s sort of intimidating for me.  It’s always a sigh of relief when someone else initiates a friendly conversation. And then with the blink of an eye, adult conversation abruptly ends as my kid chases a flock of pigeons toward crawling children.  It’s definitely a whole new ball game.

OOOH, look!  A squirrel!

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