Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saying Goodbye to Jack: The Video
I almost missed Jack's funeral. But luckily I didn't because it was a true gathering of the clan... or the Jack Nation.
And though it was of course a sad occasion because he was taken too young. It was also a chance to celebrate his life. And we sure did.
I wish I could say more, but I'm too tired. And besides somebody told me the other day that I write too much.
So here's a little video I made to give you an idea of what it was like to be there...
When it was over I was lifted by all that love, but I also felt sad and empty because now I know he's really gone. And beyond everything else it's such a horrible tragedy. Why Jack? Why now? How could this happen when we needed hope so badly?
But I'll never forget what Stephen Lewis said.
To hear so many Canadians speak so open-heartedly of love, to see young and old take chalk in hand to write without embarrassment of hope, or hang banners from overpasses to express their grief and loss. It's astonishing.
Inevitably, we fastened on those last memorable lines about hope, optimism and love. But the letter was, at its heart, a manifesto for social democracy.
Just like I'll never forget what his son said about how the best dreams are those that are bigger than your life.
And Stephen Page's magnificent Hallelujah.
Hallelujah for Jack Layton. For bringing hope to Canada like rain to a desert.
Will this recovered hope shrivel away in the light of day? Maybe.
But tonight the CN Tower is glowing orange. Everything seems possible.
Jack Layton is gone forever.
But his spirit marches on...