Today is a day for remembering. Many blogs will post entries about this being the 7th anniversary of that horrible attack on our wonderful country; and rightly so.
We must remember how it felt to be so violated, but we also need to remember how out of that tragedy came a unified spirit unlike those of my generation has ever seen in this country. While we take a moment to remember those whose lives were lost that day and those whose lives were forever changed because of those losses, let's also remember how the ones of us who were left rallied around those that were hurting and how we stood up for our country.
While that was a time of extreme sorrow, it was also a time of extreme pride and patriotism. And I am sad that that spirit has been lost in these last few years. We have become a country divided again because of politics instead of continuing to be a country unified because we are all Americans. Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, you are an American first. And I, for one, am proud to stand beside any one of you who joins me in being grateful to live in a country where it's okay to agree to disagree and still be neighbors. That should be the legacy of 9/11 - that we stand together as one country against any one who would dare to violate our boundaries.
On a lighter note of remembering, Lindsay & I had lunch today with one of Lindsay's oldest friends, Karen and her mom, Faye. Karen and Lindsay have been friends for almost 20 years, having met in the youth group of our church when they were in middle school. Karen's mom, Faye is a wonderful woman and I have always appreciated her gentle spirit. We had a great time together, reminiscing about when the girls were young as well as talking about their lives today. What fun it is to be able to reconnect with folks from our past and find that connection is still strong. Here are some pictures of Karen, Faye, Lins & Reagan.
Faye & Karen
Lins & Karen
Lins, Reagan & Karen
Until the next time . . .