so in meeting some new paper craft women tonight - they all have school age children. we are going through our calendars, coordinating some meetings for the next few months. they begin talking about school activities. one of the women is German, born in Mexico and only recently moved to the states - and she asks - "what was the holiday today? or was it yesterday? the kids had to dress in red, white and blue. patriotic day?" we all look at each other puzzled and consider flag day - but know that to be sometime early summer - so we are all puzzled. she says - "no - it was patriot's day? this not an American holiday?" we looked at each other again - and it dawned on me - that is right, today is Patriot's Day. 9.11. - did you hear me? NINE.ELEVEN. for those of us not directly reflected, do we already forget? i felt ashamed to be an American. i woke up today with that same odd, like the earth is off balance feeling like i do every year on this day - i reflected and recounted this morning while i had my coffee. it felt off. but do you believe, by the end of the day - i was unaffected? shame on me. and shame on any of you other Americans who completely forgot what today was all about. PATRIOT'S DAY. it's on the newer calendars. why the HELL isn't it a federal holiday? again - often times - embarrassed to be an American.
take a moment, hell - take hours - learn - realize what it must have been like. to be there. to lose someone. don't be shameful. remember it each and every year. every day. our boys and girls are over there fighting for us. for what? so we can forget? nope. never again. not me.
Patriot's Day - as told to me by a Mexico City born German girl.
think on it.