What I noticed today is not just that the flag is once again at half mast. It's been half mast most of the summer. But it's that the sunflowers planted around the pole are now almost as tall as the flag.
I'm not sure what this says about patriotism, the world's madness and the healing power of nature. But I am sure that the flowers will grow taller, perhaps overtaking the flag. And I'm sure that they will turn their faces toward the sun, will seek the light.
And those aren't such bad lessons for the rest of us.