Today was a rather perfect day. Not muggy and temperatures in the mid-70s. A great day for a birthday party for Sofia who is now nine years old. Very hard to believe. But it is true. She was born a few weeks before her grandfather left this life, and was driven four hours from Pennsylvania so she could rest in his arms while he was still living. Just a tiny baby and now such a joyful happy third-grader.
This is the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and everyone who lived through all of that is remembering that heartbreaking day. A scout in Nathan’s troop earned his Eagle Scout Rank ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_Scout_(Boy_Scouts_of_America ) and had gotten a new flag pole for Bath Church. The old one had rusted and one day fallen over. The new one was dedicated today and the dedication was partially a memorial service for 9/11.
I am thinking how united this country seemed at that time and how divided we seem now and hoping that this will change in the time ahead.
There is not a lot to report. Andy continues to work on his steamboat Nyitra and is getting ready for two weeks in Europe in early October. He flies into Munich (with a plane change in Istanbul!) and will be nearly a week in Germany and then stay with his Aunt Isa in Budapest, the one who just celebrated her 90th birthday.
Perhaps the funniest story since school began is the one about Stephen showing Alice his first kindergarten paper. He had to draw things that were the same in the same color. He proudly showed his Mom his work and then frowned as he pointed to a star at the top of the paper. “I didn’t draw that. I don’t know who did it.” So Alice had to explain what a star on top of ones paper means.