Many, many things have happened in 12 years. And there are many things I have or will forget. But there will be many other things that can never be forgotten.
Sometimes its easy to get lost in life and forget. There are times we seek that and long for it.
But no one can deny, or forget this day.
Hearing and saying it has been forever changed. One cannot utter it without remembering.
12 years later. For 12 years, this day has held memories, and tragedy.
Remembering the tragedy and lives lost. The moment of silence that overtakes us as it hits again. But let us also never forget to let it remind us...that each moment is precious, to hold each day given as something that is worth the look heaven-ward and say a prayer of thanks.
People gained, that grow in your hearts. The people have been there or new ones that now have roots and memories attached-don't look at them and not see them. Don't take that lunch date or phone call for granted. When you know they're just a text away. Let them know. They are loved. They are seen. They are important and matter. That life would be so different and difficult without them in your life.
Oh my lovelies...remember, remember, remember.
Never go numb. Never let it become jaded or cliche in your mind. One day, that someone may not be there. Don't leave room for regret.
People matter. And they need to know they matter. Tell them. Please.
12 years ago.
No one will forget where they were when they heard the news. The horrible, life shattering and changing news. When our lives were invaded, and our world no longer the safe place we thought. The hurt, pain and confusion. Those days, weeks and years since-we are not the same. Even if we don't think about as much anymore. Or at all.
We have this one day. This anniversary. To remember and to not forget to be grateful.
To the men and women who fight so we don't have to. Who are working and sacrificing so that our world may be a safe one. That we can sleep unafraid and secure. We can honor those who have been taken. We can hold tight to the memory of loved ones lost and lives interrupted. The sacrifice and bravery of those who have already given their lives for us.
How blessed are we!