I’ve been thinking a lot today about the events that unfolded sixteen years ago on this very day. September 11, 2001.
Given current events, the news didn’t have much air time to remind us of the tragedy that unfolded and the heroes that emerged on that pivotal day in our history. I was saddened, thinking… what if this is the beginning of us forgetting. The line in the sand where September 11 becomes a chapter or a paragraph in a history book rather than something we suffered through, learned from and grew stronger by.
But really, in the wake of Harvey and midst of Irma, our country is coming together in very much the same way as it did so many years ago. Neighbors helping neighbors and strangers helping strangers. People putting aside their race, religion, gender, political affiliation and differences to help one another. Children are hosting bake sales and businesses are filling trucks with water and supplies. People are opening their homes to mere acquaintances of friends and first responders are bravely entering treacherous and unknown situations.
And I felt so incredibly proud to be an American. We have not forgotten.
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
As far as the storm goes, I have heard from friends and family across Florida and all are safe with minimal to no damage to their property. Sister has been receiving harrowing pictures of flooding from Tybee but doesn’t have any update on her home there. Mother and Daddy-O have received news that their home is fine with no damage as of this evening. We only had about 1″ of rain here in Atlanta and it seemed to be windier here yesterday than today, but the night is still young. Others in Atlanta have not fared so well as I keep seeing reports of lots of trees coming down. The kids have another day off school tomorrow.
I truly hope that all of YOU and yours are safe and sound. Please update me with your status when you can. My heart goes out to all who have lost so much.
DIXIE DELIGHTS DELIVERED