‘i hope you see rainbows’

Philadelphia Inquirer: Her smiling infant photo in a 2002 book about 9-11 babies is now, like the terrible irony of her short life’s span, almost too painful to contemplate.

Christina-Taylor Green, the energetic granddaughter of former Phillies manager Dallas Green, existed in the brief interlude between two great American tragedies.

Born just hours after the horrific attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the 9-year-old was killed Saturday in an Arizona massacre in which a Congresswoman was critically injured and five others, including a federal judge, slain.

…In “Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9-11”, a book by Pennsylvanian Christine Pisana Naman that spotlighted one child from each state, a wishful quote accompanied the black-and-white photo of the then-tiny girl. “I hope,” it read, “you see rainbows.”

The youngest of two children of Green’s son, John, she was among 20 people shot by a lone gunman during a Tucson shopping-center meeting sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The third-grader at Mesa Verde Elementary School had gone to the event with a neighbor because she had recently been elected to the student council and already had an interest in politics. The neighbor, Tucson authorities said, was shot four times but survived.

“She was a good speaker,” her father told the Arizona Star Saturday. “I could have easily seen her as a politician.”

…The death of the 9-year-old who was born in Maryland also resonated in the baseball community. Her grandfather, still a senior adviser for the Phillies, guided the Phillies to their first world championship in 1980. Her father, meanwhile, is a Los Angeles Dodgers scout.

6 Responses to “‘i hope you see rainbows’”

  1. 1 sduncan
    January 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Small world, Christina-Taylor Green was born in Maryland to a great baseball family. So sad that if we want our children and grandchildren to take being a citizen as a duty,they would be placing their life in harms way. We need to protect our citizens from the haters we cannot go backwards.

  2. 2 dotster
    January 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I heard the interview on msnbc today with her devastated mom. She was understandably in disbelief about the incomprehensible shooting, innocently sending her daughter off with a neighbor to visit a congresswoman at her neighborhood grocery store, because she wanted to see how government works, ironically, and the unimaginable horror that awaited her there. It was the saddest thing ever to hear this mother talk about her bright, beautiful child with a promising future, just heart-ripping. What a senseless tragedy.

  3. 3 Ann_T
    January 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    This is so terribly sad. 09/11/01 — 01/08/11
    Thoughts and prayers to Christina and all the victims of this senseless crime.

  4. 4 Carol
    January 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I don’t usually cry, but this time I am. I hope where she is now, she can always see rainbows.

    • 5 geegee
      January 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      I do believe she does/will. May GOD uphold and give the family strength at this tragic and difficult time in their lives.

      Senseless, just senseless!!!!

  5. January 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Her sweet face is heart rending to me. She looks so much like my late mother-in-law when she was young — same coloring, same eyes, same smile.

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