Hello all. I don't want to get to in depth about what tomorrow is . . . we all know. The up side of that day was that my family became much closer and did not reserve the hugs and I Love yous any longer. Sure we said it before, but that day is very significant to me because I will never forget how my sister, father and I were on the phone with eachother ALL day and for days after telling eachother how much we care about one another. A few weeks after that day, I was to fly to Dallas, Texas for work, my dad was very concerned and flat out told me "I don't want to you go". It was very heartwarming to me to hear him express his concern, the independent fearless person that I am, I explained I was not going to let it keep me from moving forward with my life. A few months later, I received a promotion and was moving to the big windy city, Chicago, all by myself, my dad again was scared for me and asked me if I could turn down the promotion, again, I explained this was what I wanted to do and it was a great opportunity for me. He could see how excited I was and reluctantly hung his head, then looked me right in the eye and said "I'm so proud of you" which I replied "your upbringing made me who I am today". We both cried and hugged. My dad now is in a nursing home at the age of 67 with dementia. Thankfully, he still knows who we are even in his confused state of mind. I am so thankful for my family and the positive turn that Sept 11 brought out in my family.
Thank you for listening and I hope others had this or similar experiences that came out during that difficult time. Take care of yourselves! Hugs and kIsses!