Say His Name

For Shannon, always. And for his parents whose loss I grieve.

A Wilderness of Words

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I never met Shannon Lewis Adams, but I woke up this morning thinking about him.  I said his name out loud.

On September 11, 2001, he was twenty-five, about the age that my son is now.  A baby, still, his real life just beginning — the one his parents had spent years preparing him for. Nurturing him; encouraging him.  Loving him.

Fly, little bird, they may have thought then.  Go out into the world and see what there is to see.

And Shannon flew.  To a lofty building far from home.

I knew his father.  We grew up in the same small area in the Adirondack mountains of northern New York.  A place where most people are content to spend the whole of their lives.  Lewis Adams had a shy sweet smile that traveled  his face and was reflected in his eyes.  I’ll bet his son Shannon did, too.

I picture a space in the universe where all…

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  1. Beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful. Thank you, Mary.

    On Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 11:01 AM, A Wilderness of Words wrote:

    > marydpierce posted: “For Shannon, always. And for his parents whose loss I > grieve.” >

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