Friday, September 11, 2009

A moment of rememberance

8 Years ago today, our country was changed. It wasn't until after I lived in New York, five years ago, that I developed a great love for that city. But I remember this day, eight years ago, and hearing my brother call me into the living room from my cozy, warm bed that I was sleeping in since my classes started later on a Tuesday.  It was devastating, but not as devastating to me as to others.  My cousins live in New York, ones that I didn't really know til I lived there and I am so grateful for that year of getting to know them. They took me in like family (oh wait we were) but still I was practically a stranger when I first met them. Granted I had met them a few times at family reunions with about 75 other family members. 

When I lived in NY, I spent Thanksgiving with them, I spent Easter with them, I spent MANY weekends with them. They were my home away from home, because I was infact over 1,000 miles from home. Living in New York was one of the best years of my life, I learned so much and grew a lot too. I know it wouldn't have been as great of a year if it didn't involve getting to know the Fallone's!

Before that year in New York, I was touched by the events that occurred on September eleventh, but not as touched as I am now, after knowing how it touches my family.  I can't help but think of them on this day.  I think Patty said it best with her facebook status:

"It's been 8 years since the world lost a set of mischieviously twinkling brown eyes. The thought of them will always make me smile. I still see them when I look at my children. 9/11 means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For me and my kids, we think about the man we all loved who never came home. But tonight, and tomorrow, as always, we will honor him by laughing and smiling and remembering us."

I leave you with another link she posted:

Give someone you love a hug today, because not all of us can.


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