An event simply known by the date. I ask myself, has it really been only 16 years? Sometimes feels like twice that long and then other times feels like mere minutes or only days. Time. A construct of man. Strange that way.
My family and I were not directly impacted by the events of 9/11. Still as a nation we grieved. Anniversaries are usually celebratory but not always. Definitely not anniversaries like this one but I am looking for silver linings anyway.
This is a moment in history where those of us old enough to remember will look back and recall exactly where we were and what we were doing on this day.
B was at work, Pony was at school, and Lulu was at Mother’s Day Out. I had the day off and was at home cleaning, getting ready my house ready for company. 9/11/01 was my daddy’s 85th birthday. The following Saturday we planned to all come together and have his birthday lunch at Snoga’s BBQ where he treated all of us because after all it was his birthday. Then back to our house for cake, ice cream and presents.
Every year we’d ask “Dad, what do you want for your birthday?” and he almost every year he reply “I want good kids” and we’d say “Well you already have good kids, you need to give us some other ideas”
Thing is, knowing my daddy, having good kids is all he ever really wanted. Family was everything to him.
What did we do to honor the fallen? In 2001, we continued with our plans. We honored the man who was the focal part of our lives, who taught us to be good people, who always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone, who loved all of us unconditionally. In 2017, I will take a moment of silence and I will say my prayers. And I will remember my daddy and all the things he taught me. How Sweet It Is!