Kim has already posted a pretty good take on September 11 and the events that transpired six years ago. (Six years already?!)
I’d just like to add a simple question: How has your life changed? Some of us have had friends and family members who have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. But for many people, the only big change has been the extra security at airports. Other than that, life has settled into the same hurried ruts that were prevalent in pre-9/11 days.
On the first anniversary of September 11, 2001, Kim and I decided to start a little tradition of going out on date. No matter how squeezed our budget or how short our time, we made a pact to spend time together. It’s a little tradition that reminds me how lucky I am to be married to such a smokin’ hot wife (eat it, Ricky Bobby) who is my best friend and number one fan. It also reminds me how blessed I am to live in this country, have the family I have, and do what I do. We can never spend enough time being thankful. It’s a tradition that continues tonight, and one I don’t see us letting go of anytime soon.
We can spout clichés all day long about learning the lessons of 9/11 and appreciating what you have, but the truth is that unless your life looks differently than it did six years ago, then the clichés are nothing more than mindless babble.
So what about you? How has your life changed? Have you started any traditions or habits to commemorate 9/11?