This is Vivian:

vivian casalduc

That’s a smile I’d love to have seen in person. Vivian was a mother. Vivian was a (young) grandmother. Vivian lived for her family- and baked gingerbread at Christmas. Vivian is not a statistic.

Vivian was a – a daughter and Grandmother- Vivian was a Mom- just like me.

Vivian Casalduc, 45, New York, N.Y., USA microfiche clerk, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield Confirmed dead, World Trade Center, at/in building

Doesn’t tell you much does it? I did some research—- there was so much more to Vivian.

People lovingly created quilt squares in Vivian’s memory. Another blogger- Alex Ortiz- has written a Memorial post.

According to her Memory Quilt square- her motto was “Do everything, The Hard Way” Gotta love a woman with a motto like that. It could be mine.

I found another memorial for Vivian here. That’s where I learned that Vivian was colorful. I can relate. Ocassionally wearing a blue wig to work… just to mix things up a bit. (I’ve never worn a blue wig— but you never know) Vivian wore clothes like art. Her clothes were a method of expression. Again- I can relate.

I also learned that Vivian was a single mom of 3 kids. (now adults) Vivian did the best that she could and she did it well. Vivian left so much behind.

I can’t help but wonder, what has Vivian missed? Maybe weddings- maybe funerals- days at the office. Colorful wigs and colorful clothes. Maybe Vivian missed her children’s milestones- or her 5 grandchildren’s. Maybe Vivian even missed the births of more grandchildren- it’s been 5 years. It’s possible.

I wonder about the many things that Vivian may have missed- but I do not wonder at all, whether Vivian, herself- is missed.

She is. By her family, by her friends co-workers of 15 years…..and now, by us- those who never had the priviledge of knowing her-

We remember—- Vivian Casalduc

Dear Lord- I pray for the family of Vivian- I pray for you to comfort them and wrap your arms around them- giving them the hugs they must miss so desperately from Vivian. I pray for all the 9/11 victims friends and family- that these tributes would help them in their grief.
I pray Lord- for those in the service- fighting even now- against terrorism, please give them strength, lead them in honor, and bring them home safe. Be with their families who are missing them, Lord. I pray for our world leaders- that you would give them wisdom, and courage to stop terrorism. I love you Lord- please heal our hearts- but help us—never forget- amen.
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