On a birthday, a family visit to Arlington
The scene could have been fashioned on canvas by a Renaissance master. The mother bowed her head. The children had long since learned that this was a quiet place.
The day would have been their father’s 47th birthday, which would have meant a party. Now Caroline and John-John were paying another call at the Arlington grave.
There Mrs Kennedy placed a simple spray of lilies of the valley. John-John wanted to leave something too, and Caroline helped him undo his present for his father, a tie clasp shaped like PT boat 109.