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One in a Million

Thursday, May 12, 2022, the president proclaimed that we should stand in the sorrow over the one million people lost to Covid. I saw the proclamation and the lowering of the flag on Instagram as I waited to be let into a Zoom meeting to record my memories of my brother for a project at NPR called Songs of Remembrance.

We go about our daily lives, putting one foot in front of the other, wanting desperately to "get back to normal." But, to me, Normal is just a town in Illinois, one that my brother and I passed when he helped me move west, away from the tragedy of our youth. So I still feel such a sense of loss. It bubbles up at odd times even though he's been gone six months.

Here's a link to the proclamation: . This is a president who knows suffering and death, a man who doesn't shove it all under the rug and make like everything will be fine, or normal.

We are all changed by this. My one-in-a-million is my brother and though my grief is my own, I share it because we must, as the President says: "As a Nation, we must not grow numb to such sorrow. To heal, we must remember."

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How wonderful that NPR is giving your voice the opportunity to remember and to celebrate your beloved brother in this way. What a somber, beautiful tribute. Love You. Mean It.

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