Today is Labor Day, so of course we grilled burgers and swam in the backyard with friends. In six more days, it will make TWENTY YEARS since September 11, 2001. For my friends who are new to TX, you need to check out: 1000 Texan Trail; Grapevine, TX 76051. On 9.11 there are fresh flowers and wreaths around the plaza at the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial.
American Airlines has a hub in DFW. Many of our friends are pilots and flight attendants, and many of our neighbors work for the airlines.
One of the most memorable things I've ever done on September 11 is to visit the Flight Crew Memorial in Grapevine. Taking my kids there has been a way for me to teach about the past. It helps them to connect to the greater community and share this collective grief as Americans. They are too young to understand what happened that day, but I've been moved to tears as I've talked with strangers in this setting.
One year an older gentleman approached me and said, "Thank you for bringing your children here." I could see behind his sunglasses, his eyes were also brimming with tears. We didn't talk for more than a moment. But stop and ponder. This older gentleman expressed gratitude at seeing a young mom there, trying to teach my kids a measure of respect and gratitude. I hope we pass this down to the next generation.
One year (before Covid) a woman saw me crying and asked if she could give me a hug. Of course! I accept hugs from strangers when we're both crying on a really difficult day.
Look in the background of this one, you'll see an airplane in flight against the deep blue sky. Also that's the Great Wolf Lodge in the background.
For the fallen fire fighters: