Sunday, September 12, 2010

Remembering

Two years ago I wrote about our 9/11 experience.

It was not far from our minds, even though we spent the day at Disneyland. We really wanted to do something as a family to mark the end of the first week of school and the fact that Michael is back to working more manageable hours (meaning 10 hours a day or less). As we walked into Disneyland, we caught sight of the flagpole at the beginning of Main Street, with the U.S. flag at half mast.


On Main Street, the Celebrate Today parade was passing by. All the Disney characters dance and sing about all the many things that we have to celebrate, like birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, etc. It was jarring to see the symbol of a nation remembering a terrible day while listening to such high energy, upbeat music pounding in our ears. It doesn't feel like a day for celebrating, but it was good to find things to be excited about, such as the really short lines, bumping into Naveen Andrews (Sayid from LOST), and not having to be home to watch the news show the footage that still makes me sob uncontrollably. Over all, it was a good day.

How did you remember 9/11 today?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Annual Return



And they're off! A new school  for a brand new school year! I've been a bundle of nerves, worrying about how they'll adjust to this school and all new friends. What I forget is that thanks to my Mom's job, almost every September up until high school I went to a different school. All new friends, all new classrooms, all new teachers. And it taught me to make friends easily and be confident, resilient, and comfortable walking into just about any situation. Why wouldn't I want the same for my kids? Maybe because I just want them to gain wisdom and experience without having to go through any of the pain that normally comes with it! This year the boys are responsible for making their own school lunches. I have to say, that was a wise decision on my part, as making lunch for them has always been the most painful part of my mornings!