What’s in a phrase? It’s amazing how the order of words in a sentence can change the meaning and increase its power. Andrea Gardner, an author from the U.K., wrote the book Change Your Words, Change the World, gives seminars and created a video to illustrate the power of words. In the video, a panhandler has written a sign that says, “I’m blind. Please help.” A passing woman changes the sign to say, “It’s a beautiful day and I can’t see it.” Sometimes, how something is said is more important than what is said.
In the same way that the combination of words affects the power of a sentence, an object can be touched with power and significance because of what it’s surrounded by. This post falls on the anniversary of September 11, 2001. I feel that this day should be remembered, at the very least to honour the heroes. And so, I bring you The Red Bandana.
Welles Crowther was a former Boston College lacrosse player. He carried a trademark red bandana with him every day from the time he was a little boy. Welles always wanted to be a firefighter but chose a career in equity trading, working at the World Trade Center’s South Tower. The morning of September 11th, after the plane hit the south building, Welles led people to safety on the 78th floor, staying behind to escort them to the only working elevator and help triage the injured. And then the building came down.
To Welles’ family, friends and those he rescued, his red bandana is a symbol of strength, compassion, love, courage and bravery. The video below is long and emotional but, at the same time, necessary. Welles gave the last hour of his life to others, selflessly and without hesitation.
THE SQUARES – WEEK 36
The alphabet blanket got a boost by making it the theme this week. I’ve included a chart below that shows what the blanket will look like after it’s put together. Thirteen more squares to go!