Thursday, March 31, 2005

Eyes Wide Open

Is the third time a charm? (I have tried posting twice before....)

The whole title is EYES WIDE OPEN ...The Human Costs of the Iraq War

If this exhibit comes anywhere near you....GO SEE IT. I can't stress it enough. See it.

Joseph and I went to Sacramento yesterday to see it. It was the most powerful thing I have ever seen.....even more than the travelling Viet Nam Wall. I am so greatful to the nice man there who supplied tissues......I most definitely needed them. It made my 14 year old son cry too.

It was like a punch in the gut when I first walked up to the display...

There are rows upon rows of combat boots....each representing a man or woman who has been killed in Iraq. Too many boots...and more to come:-(

There are also civilian shoes of all kinds....representing some of the Iraqis who have been killed. There are everything from baby booties to work boots.....and everything in between. It was the one pair of tiny baby booties with a tag attached that said *Newborn name* that did me in.

I ran into Cindy Sheehan. Her son Casey, was killed a year ago Monday......

Cindy was the one who requited me to teach CCD all those years ago when Joseph was a "curly haired little boy" (her words). Listening to her talk about her son...and to see her straightening his boots so lovingly......broke my heart. She introduced Joseph and me to a woman named Karen...a woman who lost her only child in Iraq. Her. Only. Child. I cannot begin to imagine. Karen told me she is going to be an honorary grandma to any Sheehan babies, since she won't ever have grandbabies of her own:*(

It was a hard day...but one I am so glad Joseph and I went to together.

Like I said before.....go see this if you can. No matter who you feel about this f*cking war, it will affect you. (And I think you know how I feel about the war...)


Pez said...

Your first post finally showed up!

I checked out the website and wow is that ever powerful. I cannot imagine how it would feel to see it in person. It will be here in a week - I am going to see if I can get to Seattle to see it.

Shelly said...

I hope you can go see it. It is so powerful....take tissues if you go.

Grrr at the first post finally showing up;-)