Anniversaries

The kids are off to school and Mags is watching her show. The radio is playing bagpipes and the broadcasting the live memorials in honor of 9/11. I think of the bagpipes that played at our wedding… I think of the afternoon, post 9/11 that I got the phone call from my husband-to-be saying he was being deployed. “I can’t tell you where or for how long, but I leave tomorrow morning.”
Twelve years later and we’ve been married for 10 years and 3 kids and the sound of bagpipes have way of invoking tears and foggy memories. Weddings and funerals and sadness and joy. It all blends together on this bright, warm September morning.
The kids asked this morning at breakfast about what today is and what is means. How do you explain 9/11 to a 9, 8, and 3 year old? They are too young to understand… and is it even possible to understand evil? Over bagels and peaches, I tried to focus on what they can understand. Terrible events took place, but brave people jumped into help others. Many, many people died. We try to honor those by being good people, by helping others, being kind, and by taking pride in our country, in America, in it’s brave and faithful citizens. The events sent your Daddy off to war before he was your daddy. The day was shattering, life altering, terrifying and it is so important not to forget that day and those events. It is important to remember what happened and say a prayer for the people who lost their lives. And it is essential that we honor those lives and our country by embracing all that makes our country and it’s citizens strong, brave, free Americans. It is up to us to carry the torch of liberty and pass it on to generations to come… Stand up for what you believe in. Use your voice and your talent and your passion to make this America a better place. That’s what I want for my children.

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