Friday BLOG on Saturday (oops – grin)
So many things
Last week, I said I would BLOG about jobs this week. Well, this weekend we remember 9/11 (like we don’t remember it every day, but more so and as a nation this weekend) so it seemed more fitting, but I have dear friends who have lost loved ones in the past week. So many things to BLOG about.
Someone posted on FaceBook a couple weeks ago. “what are you thinking about?” Now that is a loaded question. I stopped to think about that question. Let’s see, I’m thinking about… My husband’s employment situation, my clients, my son in Afghanistan, my overworked son here in VA, my sweet & sassy granddaughter, my recently diagnosed autistic adorable grandson, what are we gonna have for dinner, man I need to weed the yard, when am I going to exercise, I really need to reconnect with old friends, prayers going up for various people, the schedule for the Botetourt Buddies club – well you get the idea. At any given moment I (like many of you) could be thinking about a bazillion things at once. I had asked someone if they could help me sell programs at the local high school football game and he hemmed and hawed, said he’d like to but he had some studying to do, etc. I said, “Okay, so here is your response – repeat after me… I’m sorry, but I can’t.” He chuckled and a woman passing by said, “If you learn how to do that will you teach me.” We are a society that is b u s y.
I was pleasantly surprised to hear an announcement, at said football game, to please stand to observe a moment of silence in memory of 9/11. Then someone played Taps, followed by silence (which, I’m sorry to say was not observed by all – sigh) and then the National Anthem. I was impressed that they had decided to do that at a high school football game and I say “Good for them.”
There are a few things that will always stand out in our minds – individually, your first (fill in the blank) is typically one. There are fewer things “we” remember as a nation. For those over 70, it was Pearl Harbor. Those of us over 50 have all heard the question, “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” If you’re over 30, you will remember the space shuttle Challenger explosion. Anyone over 15 will remember September 11, 2001 (9/11). I’m sure people could name other major national events, but these are the ones that stick out in my 51yr old brain – grin.
There are many things being written about the ten year anniversary and lots of TV shows on about it now. Honestly, I have not watched any of it, it was so horrific to watch it that day and if I think about it, I can recall it quite vividly. I really don’t want to watch it again. I heard someone on the radio this morning saying that for a brief time, we pulled together as a nation, we were not of different races, different cultures, different political ideals – we were one nation, under God. Patriotism was high and there was unity. Then, this person said, we went back to our normal lives. I would have to agree, although our “normal” lives really became a NEW normal, as we have had significant changes in the way we live our lives since then (airport security – need I say more?) For the most part, “we” here on American soil, have gone on living our “normal” lives. There are people whose lives will never be normal, due to the events of 9/11, those who lost loved ones that day, those who survived, those who have since joined our armed forces, etc. I have written about this before, so won’t go into it here.
It is right that we remember, and honor the memory of the lives lost on 9/11. Back in 2001, my husband & I were big country music fans, so the Alan Jackson song, “Where were you?” always comes to mind when thinking about 9/11. I will see if I can find a video link for it here…
Moral of the BLOG – tell the ones you love that you love them every day, you never know when it might be the last time you see/talk to them. Hugs