Saturday was cold and rainy; dramatic contrast to that bright warm day 14 years ago, but perhaps more fitting to the occasion.
Then, a crowd of people in their best church clothes perched liked flamingos about the lawn, heads bowed respectfully.
Saturday, a soggy huddle in Saturday denims with heads craned to achieve maximum umbrella utilization.
Then, a fresh gash in the earth matched the gaping wound in our hearts.
Saturday, fresh spring grass glistened thick and wet underfoot.
Then, toddlers and infants oblivious to the meaning of the day's event.
Saturday, busy teens and adolescents with sports practice, parties and final exams.
Then, an abrupt halt to life as we knew it.
Saturday, a quiet resumption of the everyday.