Reflections from a Rug
Take a minute. Take a minute to hug your kids an extra second today. I think that 9/11 is the Kennedy moment of my generation. I will always remember what an absolutely beautiful morning it was. A little crisp, clear, sunny and bright blue sky. Perfect. I remember looking up at the sky that morning and being so thankful for such a beautiful day. I was truly in that moment. Then, all hell broke loose.
My daughter was two years old at the time. When I was able to get her from daycare, we made our way home in a sea of traffic, and confusion. However, I sang to her and talked to her all the way home. The normal routine. However, I truly did not know if the world was ending. I went to Costco, and bought “provisions”…water, peanut butter, etc. I also bought a $149 super soft, super fuzzy rug. I couldn’t afford it. I didn’t care. I knew we would go home, play, and deal with whatever was happening – together. From that day forward, we have dealt with a lot – together.
I’ve shared this before. My husband was also taken by ambulance to the hospital that night due to complications from MS. 9/11 was also the last day that he would walk. Ever. Please – don’t respond with sympathy about that. That is not my desire. My desire is that today, you will:
- Take a minute to appreciate your family more
- Yell at your kids less
- Teach your kids to love, not judge.
- Do something nice for someone
- Reflect on the 9/11 families and first responders.
Life can change dramatically in an instant. Make the most of the moment.