Jeanne Pocius, a trumpeter who teaches at the music school, posted a photo of the demolition, which she gave permission to share. Here it is. I can't wrap my mind around it, though. I can't even tell from what angle it is taken, as I can't remember the surrounding buildings clearly enough without the landmarks of the larger ones to which I actually paid attention. It might be the school rather than the cathedral. It just makes me so sad.
What I still don't know is whether our convent has also been taken down now. I've heard that the little side building, a couple of rooms, is still standing, so that a few things were saved and put in there, but whether or not they have finished demolishing the convent I don't know. My very unofficial understanding is that it is likely that it will be rebuilt on the same spot. I wonder what it will look like when I get there, probably over a year from now as things now stand. I've heard that they are still doing laundry in tubs in the yard in the same spot - maybe the laundry "tree" is still standing on which to dry things? Some things continue, the little things in life that provide those micro-moments of continuity. I'm hoping to have some photos soon via someone who has gone down for a few week. Waiting, waiting... and wondering.
One thing I do know is that our God is one who brings life out of death. That is a promise. And it is happening in Haiti even now. Our job is to participate in that work.