It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.
Today’s a bit different as it is 9/11. I have to say that this single day has changed my entire life. I’ll explain.
It was in the afternoon since I was living in Naples, Italy at the time. I was complaining a bit about not wanting to do my cardio at the gym and my husband was “encouraging” me to get started and get it done. I looked up to stall and see what was happening on the wall of televisions. Just then all of them went to the same picture. A plane hitting a tower. Then a bit later another. At that moment I knew my life was forever changed.
For the next few days it was complete lockdown. I don’t mean run to the store to get milk. I mean stay in your house and do not move and the military police made sure of it. Four days of this. Then it was constant inspections and barricades and questions for months on end.
Then came the moves. We moved five times in less than four years with two countries and three states involved. Throw in a deployment to Iraq too. It was all about the needs of the Marine Corps and the country. It didn’t matter if your kid was sick, having a baby, etc. The times he did come home he couldn’t remember which key was his house key since he hadn’t been home for so long. The mission was hyper focused on getting the country back on track and all other things didn’t matter.
And still to this day he is gone well before dawn to ensure that memorials still happen.
So where were you? How are we as a country ensuring that this is a better place for the next generation? It is time to start working together again to get the mission and the country back on track.
With inky fingers,