Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Little Green Leaf

Today is a most solemn anniversary. I am not sure how to treat it in this eleventh year. I understand that the ceremonies today will be led, for the first time, by family members and friends without outside voices, namely politicians' voices. That seems right.

I did some little research and found that many widows and widowers of 9-11 have moved forward and remarried. This is good and I am happy for them. It does not mean that the spouses lost are not remembered. It does mean that the survivors are not stuck or wallowing in a grief that would swamp them if it were allowed.

As a nation, we have moved forward and maintained a continuity of purpose and have not suffered an attack of that magnitude again. We lost some freedoms and gained some peace of mind. We certainly lost an illusion of safety that day that I doubt anyone who lived through it will ever feel again.


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In the spirit of moving forward, I think I'll chat about a mindless little nothing much on this September 11. About how the wind caught a little green leaf outside my kitchen window and held it dancing there long enough for me to catch it over and over and over.





Of course there's a trick. It remained there turning and swaying for ten minutes or more. How? Maybe you can guess. ☺

A blessed Tuesday to you as you remember and move forward.

Love Vee

28 comments:

  1. I love your thoughts. It is nice to know that most people directly involved with the attacks have moved on with their lives & that they will do the memorial today. You are so right, that is how it should be. It's been a rather interesting morning here with the normal chaos of getting the children off to school suddenly coming to a halt as my son announced it's 9/11. It's funny that he is the one to remember it as he was only a year and a half at the time. But, we do talk about it here. I wish more people would.

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  2. I could never remember my MIL's birthday until 9-11 happened. Today, if she were still with us, would have been her 83 rd Birthday. My emotions are mixed on this day! I am sad for the thousands of families that will always have this day embedded in their hearts as a day of sadness.

    As far as you lovely green leaf, was it caught on something? Maybe a cobweb outside or something? Great photo no matter the "trick" that kept it there.

    Love the leaves in your home also!

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  3. Hi Vee,

    I love this post because it's about remembering and about continuing with life. It is, and should always be, a solemn day of remembrance and respect for those who lost their lives so suddenly. I was glued to the television set that whole day. Our son was in fifth grade, and I wanted to drive straight to his school and pick him up. Some parents did that very thing.

    I love your green leaf because I think it's symbolic of new beginnings, as well as the continuity of life. Thanks for this really nice post.

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  4. This is a wonderful post Vee.
    Hugs,
    Penny
    p.s. is a spider web holding the leaf?

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  5. Thanks for the comment on my post. As a nation, we will never be the same.

    LOL, the dancing leaf certainly entertained you! I bet a little spider spit helped suspend it in air, much to your delight.

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  6. Beautiful post today Vee. Reflections of a tragedy and hope in new beginnings! I'll bet we all remember where we were on this day 11 years ago!
    Love how you noticed the dancing leaf in your window!

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  7. Very nice post on remembering. I had no clue what trick that leaf was performing until I read the other comments and have to agree, a spider web! Enjoy your day.

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  8. A lovely post on remembering that dreadful day.

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  9. It's good to hear that some of those most closely affected by 911 have had the courage and good fortune to move on.
    Mother nature does like to play.

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  10. Beautiful words of thought on tragic events. My heart goes out to those families and our nation on this day of remembrance.

    I would like to think the leaf was held on the breath of a dancing wind being puffed from a cartoon-like cloud face, jolly cheeks pinking slightly from the effort but I think it might have been the silken thread of a spider web or a vent fan from an outdoor unit? Or perhaps you have John out leaf blowing? Any of the above?

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  11. Beautiful post. You are so thoughtful and smart, Vee. I felt more peaceful gazing through my computer through your kitchen window. xo

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  12. Spider web? Spider webs and falling leaves go together here anyway. A fall kind of thing. Love your dancing leaf! Blessings on your day!

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  13. Wonderful post Vee. I think that those of us who are connected so closely and yet are a bit removed wait to know how to treat this day.
    It is good to know that so many are moving forward.

    Is the leaf dancing above a air conditioner unit outside?

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  14. Hi Vee~

    It is a day of remembering and pondering. How fitting it is to have just the families involved in the memorial service today. It's hard to believe that 11 years have passed since that terrifying day . . . I pray that those who have moved on will be blessed beyond belief, and that those still struggling will be blessed and comforted, knowing that they are thought of, especially today.

    Interesting photos today! A little whirlwind or a spiderweb would be my first thought, but maybe it was just giving you a little dance rehearsal of things to come!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  15. Greetings from Ireland Vee.

    We will never forget.

    Today in school in we said prayers for those who lost their lives, their families, those that were injured and those whose lives were changed forever....

    Gentle hugs to our American friends.

    x

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  16. I thought right away that the leaf was caught in a spider web and see a lot of others thought that too.

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  17. I think those hurt the hardest by 9/11 were parents who lost their children. One neighbor's son was a firefighter lost that day and to this day his parents are grief stricken beyond measure. I posted on my facebook page today the annual memorial they put in front of their home of 345 flags(I had previously blogged about it on a 9/11 post a few yeats ago)--one flag for each firefighter lost that day.
    We continue to lose lives in Afganistan that is a result of 9/11--let us never forget our brave military!

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  18. A spider web??? I am so pooped from decorating for Fall, that you almost totally had me stumped!

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  19. Only by moving forward can we look back and see how far we've come... Thank you for your beautiful remembrance.

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  20. Not feeling too bright tonight about the green leaf. Did you tape it to your window? But it is in a different position. Is it fake?

    I do like that the government is out and the families are now the ones reading the names of those lost on 9/11.

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  21. We shall never forget.

    And I love your dancing Maple leaf!

    Hugs.

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  22. So true of everything in this life...we must never forget but we must move forward. Otherwise "they" win and that must never happen.

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  23. I had trouble thinking of what to say today considering this anniversary. Your words are perfect.

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  24. September 11, 2001...I was busy caring for my 5-month-old baby when my husband called from work and told me to turn on the television. I turned it on it time to see the plane crash into the second tower. It was a surreal moment. Such tragedy, a result of sin. Moving forward is a difficult thing, and yet the right thing to do...

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  25. It is hard to know how to treat this day. Thank you for your wise words about remembering, but not wallowing, and moving on. A little green leaf - so sweet and insignificant in the grand scheme - but bringing so much joy. My guess is also a spiderweb.

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  26. Yes, it was on my mind all day yesterday!

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  27. I was soo emotional watching all of the tributes. It's been years but still seems so fresh.

    Hope that you had a great time visiting the farm stands.

    Leann

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