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A Day of Remembrance

Good Morning - It's been a while since I have posted a blog, I thought today was the day to begin again! Today is filled with so many emotions! First and foremost 9/11 - twenty one years later I can still remember where I was, the unbelievability of what was happening and how was our country to survive this! Today we also continue to remember Queen Elizabeth II. She was queen for 70 years and 214 days, the longest reign of any British monarch! Finally, today is Grandparents day! Grandparents hold such a special place in our families lives, that's not because I too, am a Grandparent!

So many of us are reflecting on where we were on September 11, 2001. It was a beautiful fall day, it was a school day and it was an ordinary day of business for many of us. I had dropped of my kids at school and was going about my morning routine of grocery shopping and then home to do laundry. I can recall like it just happened, I was in line at Aldi's in McHenry when people started talking about a plane crashing into the World Trade Center. I left my cart and drove home and turned on the tv. I couldn't believe what I was seeing! At that time in morning there would be more plane crashes still to come! Such utter disbelief and sadness! How did this beautiful normal day become a day that changed all of our lives forever?!

This past Thursday the British Monarch lost their beloved Queen Elizabeth II. During covid I binge watched The Crown. I found it so interesting to "learn" about the inner workings, the behind the scenes of this long standing British Monarch. I do know that much of this could have been fiction and great liberty taken on the shows part! Although, so much of it appears to be true and is still so interesting! If you haven't watched The Crown yet, I recommend it! At the

end of the day she may have been the Queen, she was also a Mother and Grandmother too! She will be missed by so many! God Rest the Queen!

Happy Grandparents Day! Congress passed this legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparent's Day in the United States! Did you know that there is a flower that celebrates National Grandparent's Day - the Forget me Not! It usually blooms in the Spring, that is why giving flowers to Grandparents on this day has happened! This year I have had the pleasure and honor to become a Grandmother to four beautiful children! There is something so magical to see your grown children become parents! It is at this time, that I hope, that I have given my adult children the tools they need to help navigate this next part of their lives. Being a Grandparent is truly Awesome!

As we reflect on all of the emotions and feelings of this day, let us all remember those lives that were lost, the families who lost a loved one and all of us who continue to move forward despite this great grief! I am always amazed and in awe of how both Joy and Grief can live together! Let us never forget and Let us never take for granted each day before us!

God Bless Us All!


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