I wrote this last year, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Today, I did not watch tv, did not listen to the reading of the names. I went to work. I wish that I was able to take the time to reflect like I have been able to in years past. I think it is time for 9/11 to be a day off so that we have that time for reflection. I remember only a few years ago that I was still crying non-stop on this terrible anniversary.
I was feeling disappointed in myself for not making the time to go see the towers of light or visit a memorial. I was thinking this as I sat waiting in Lilly's dance class. I realized in that moment, watching Lilly "learn her 3s" that I was honoring those who are no longer here to do this with their little ones, or who maybe were never able to be a parent because they were taken too soon. In the days following 9/11, I attended several benefits sponsored by Irish American Societies, e.g. The Emerald Society. I saw lots of Irish step dancing, heard many bagpipes. It seemed fitting that Lilly started Irish step dance class today.
So today I worked; I brought Lilly to her 1st Irish step dance class. I hugged my family. Please hug yours.