Cecile M. Caguicla: Preserver of
the house in Boonton, N.J., that Cecile M. Caguicla
shared with her friend Maria Luciano, there are flowers
everywhere -- dried hydrangeas and other delicate
varieties, suspended in time. Miss Caguicla knew how to
preserve them so their beauty would never fade.
She chose them from the buckets filled with blossoms
at the farmers' market that was always outside the World
Trade Center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. She was a
steady patron of the market, buying baked goods from one
vendor, cheese from another, stopping there on her way to
morning Mass at St. Joseph's Church. On Sept. 11, "we
separated at 8:10, and she was paying for a blueberry
muffin," Miss Luciano said. "She always bought pastries
for her office mates. It was a happy morning."
Miss Caguicla, who was 55 and had emigrated from the
Philippines in 1975, was a vice president in the
corporate accounting department at Marsh & McLennan.
Her friend is planting a garden in her memory, with
hydrangeas and sunflowers and geraniums &emdash; some of
the flowers she liked best. There will also be
evergreens, to last forever.