September 22, 2001
Greetings from The Land Of The Sitting Ducks. I know we've been told to
conduct "business as usual", but here in New York City there is no more
"usual". 6,000 people will never conduct business as usual again. They'll
never conduct any business. Six thousand families have been changed
forever. Six thousand husbands/wives/lovers/children/friends will never see
or touch or hold their loved ones again. Six thousand people will never
grow old, watch their grandchildren graduate from college, retire and go
The enormity of this tragedy is beyond comprehension, beyond the scope of
rational thought. And just when you think your ducts cannot possibly
contain any more tears, more of them well up and spill down your face.
One would think that a catastrophe of this size would wipe all thoughts of
collecting from our collective mind. But just the opposite is true. I'm
finding that my "things" are giving me what small comfort is available in
these terrible times. They are a reminder that not everything has changed.
And in my discussions with other accumulators, I'm finding they feel the
same way. No, it's not business as usual out there, but someday it will be.
I hope so. Because I think I cannot endure indefinitely what I'm feeling
now. I have to be able to hope that relief from this unrelenting sorrow
will come some day.
To all of you, Dear Accumulators, I wish happier times. Let's try to pick
ourselves up and go on, maybe not today, but soon. And let's try to do good
in everything we do. Let's honor those who are gone by living a life of
which we all can be proud.
Have a beautiful and peaceful week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 2001 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #155
U.S. Library of Congress
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