This week is The Jewish New Year and next weekend is Yom Kippor. The 10 days between the two observances are called The Days of Awe.Â Â During these days we review our lives–mistakes andÂ successes—and pray for a sweet and healthy New Year.
The 9th anniversary of 9/11 in NYC falls in within these 10 days, which I find “awesome.”Â Whatever your faith, this is a difficult day for all Americans. For me, I have mixed feelings because my grandson was born on 9/11 in 1991. So I want to celebrate his birthday and also honor those who were killed on this day.
I think the best way to honor the dead is to live your life fully and keep the people who died on 9/11 in your heart. This rhyme that I wrote for The Jewish New Year and 9/11 reflects my attitude/feeling about this.
Pick your personal way to observe tomorrow.Â I plan to turn on the TV and listen to all the names being called. Hearing the names makes the people real. Just saying how many died is just a number. But listening to each name keeps it personal.
Photo of the ferry with the twin towers in the background.
Rhyme for The Jewish New Year & 9/11
I’ve been sewing for many years, stitching together love, pain & tears.
Now I quilt totes, using odds, ends for my bags.
Making an item from tiny scraps is like a metaphor for different “apps”:
One for loving
One for for pain
One for losing
One for gain
One for happiness
One for tears
One for surviving all these years,
Patching together the good & the bad; not always happy, not always sad.
Life’s a quilt of various parts, joining together many hearts.
Stitching together moments, days & years.
All mixed up with smiles & tears.
So honor the dead, but keep on living.
Mourn & grieve, but keep on giving.
Each day brings a brand new start.
So love and listen to the voices in your heart.
The USS New York, christened in 2008, is a memorial to September 11, 2001. The leading edge of the bow is made from salvaged steel girders from the ruins of The World Trade Center.
3 thoughts on “9/11”
We should “never forget”. God Bless America and its people.
amen! all its people!
Thanks for all the nice words. Your story is very, very sad about the pilot. I can’t imagine how that child’s life has changed because of what happened to the father.
Don’t know if Lynn Schlow will remember me, but I remember her! Have a wonderful time @ their party.
P.S. Regards to Barbara A. Not sure when I will have a big enough block of time to interview her. Will keep the idea ona back burner.