Thursday, September 11, 2008

Unhappy Anniversary

I'm an idiot. Really. I left for work this morning, drove through the neighborhood, and wondered why everyone had their flags out today. I even opened my day planner to look at the date....maybe I missed something. But all I got from that was that it was Yom Kippur. Halfway into my morning I finally realized that today remembers seven years from the September 11th attacks. I was sad, but also a little grateful that this was something I was able to overlook. Sad because obviously it was such a devastating event that took so many lifes. But grateful that I was able to move on in my life without losing anyone dear to me and with a stronger sense of patriotism. Each year I am able to remember what a great country we live in, and how even after such a horrible tragedy we were able to bond together as a country, united, and move on.
Visiting New York last month was incredible. As we explored ground zero (really, there isn't much to explore, just a big gaping hole in the sky) I couldn't even comprehend what it would have been like that day, working or visiting surrounding buildings. I'm sure we can all remember where we were that day, and maybe we might forget for a brief moment as each anniversay comes around, but hopefully we can always remember what a great country we live in and how blessed we are to have the many opportunities that we do! In the years that follow, I hope that I might not be too caught up in my own life to remember all that was lost, and all that was gained on that day.