My Daughter’s Question by Marc Davidson
We buried the remains of a family dog today. It must have reminded our four year old daughter Laurence of last summer when we buried my father’s remains.
Laurence has a vague understanding of death, or “going back to nature” as we have explained it to her; she knows Grandpa Davidson was in a building when a plane crashed and now he is back with nature.
But today was a new kind of question. A why question. A why question we didn’t know how to answer.
“Daddy, why didn’t the pilot watch for your dad?”
This diptych of my father’s remains are part of a long term project which began with an essay I did for David’s At Home Loft Workshop in September, 2008. David’s hope for us was to start an idea in class that we would continue after the workshop; an idea that would take us to the next level. My idea was Zero Ground, an essay on 9/11 and the identification and burial of my father’s remains who died in the World Trade Center.
The image on the right is my father’s identification card which was recovered from Ground Zero in December 2001. In June 2008, my father’s remains were identified using the latest DNA techniques and the image on the left is my brother Adam, holding a piece of my father’s rib.
And so, Zero Ground has led me to “Shared September”; a project on the effects of 9/11 which I am currently working on and hope to complete for the 10 year anniversary in 2011.
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