12 years ago today, 9/11 became a day that Americans will never and should never forget; however, for me this date has had significance for 27 years, as on September 11, 1986 my beautiful, mother lost her courageous battle with cancer. Both of these tragic events are still so vivid to me. I know exactly where I was when I got the call that my mom had passed away. So many years have passed, and yet it seems like just yesterday and the hurt is still as deep. Likewise, it seems like no time has passed since I walked into my friend Kara's kitchen to drop Nicky off at her house, because I was 6 months pregnant with Lyndzi and I had to go take my 3 hour glucose tolerance test. I saw the unbelievable footage on her small, television set and I was absolutely dumbfounded. I sat for the next 3 hours, tortured by the intense aftermath of the glucose and the terrifying images on the lab TV.
Yesterday Kelsie sweetly reminded me that we had to light a candle for Grandma Lee on Wednesday; and after she had made the comment, I couldn't get the impending date off my mind. I contemplated what I might write on my Facebook to let my friends know what this day meant for me as it was the day that I had lost my mom and I truly missed her; but knowing that there were SO MANY to be thought of, I was uncertain as to how I wanted to proceed. When I had a few minutes to jump on Facebook this morning, I was gratified to see how many people had made "never forget" posts, and shared pictures to commemorate 9/11. I considered writing a post to honor my mom, but with an entire country focused on the tragedy, I decided to go another route; so although no one may have known it, with my mom in mind and always in my heart, I wrote this post: "Not only is it important that we "never forget", we also need to always remember... Tomorrow is not promised, let go of the pettiness and be grateful for all that we have and each day that we are blessed with. Honor those that have lost their lives for us, by being the best versions of ourselves and making this world a better place."
Within minutes "friends" started liking my post, and even commented; as they felt that what I had written was spot on. My amazing, friend Tammy, even shared my post on her page, which warmed my heart and validated my feelings. I am thoroughly thrilled that so many agreed with me, I just hope that they still agree tomorrow, and the next day and the day after that. You see, although 9/11 was one day that we should "Never forget" we need to carry that with us EVERYDAY! When our friends are posting their contrasting political points of view on Facebook, we need to remember that yesterday we all wanted to be ONE America and ban together to "never forget." Yesterday, we were all united as we recalled the hideous attack and we claimed to be proud to be Americans one and all, that no one should try to harm. We need to "never forget" that there is no time like the present, and that if something, or someone is important to us, we need to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, because we might not get another chance. We need to "never forget" that we are all only human and as such we make mistakes and we deserve forgiveness. We need to "never forget" that it is our duty to live every day to it's fullest and not waste a single moment on worry or regret, for if we do we are robbing ourselves of precious time that others might not have.
I write this blog tonight as I wrote that post this morning - with all the love in my heart. With the utmost gratitude for having had an incredible mother, who taught me well during the 19 years that she graced my life. It is my fervent hope that she is watching down from heaven, comforted by the knowledge that I live every day to make her proud and that I for one still believe in promoting the GREATER GOOD! I know that we all can DO BETTER. We can be kinder, more tolerant, and work towards a common goal. We should strive to lead by example and not only when it's convenient or suits our purpose. We need to teach our children that we do what we say and say what we do. We need to let the people who are important to us KNOW IT, and be thankful that we live in a country where we are permitted to have differences in opinions in the first place. We need to commit to memory and practice, that if we should "never forget" that also means that we should "ALWAYS REMEMBER."
Till next time...