…. Last night, as I watched the news footage of Notre Dame burning, at first, I was saddened by the loss of such a beautiful testament to gothic architecture. I’ve always cherished old buildings and historical sites. I’m a genealogist, and any old artifact or site from another era makes me feel a connection with past generations that moves me emotionally. The potential loss of this historic cathedral left me speechless. But then, I began to feel more.
Witnessing any loss can remind us of the uncertainties of life and how fleeting it is, how someone or something can be gone in an instant. It can also make us ponder the significance of decisions we make and discard, and how important they may turn out to be in hindsight. But, of course, as a widow, things like this can also trigger more personal memories – and watching Notre Dame burn brought back memories of touring Paris with Rick…..