Thursday, September 8, 2011

Memory Lapse



How do you remember
to not forget....?

circle on the calendar
sticky notes
rubber band on your wrist


How do you remember
to not forget....?

planes crashing into buildings
planes crashing into fields
people jumping out of windows


How do you remember
to not forget....?

to pray for childhoods stolen
to pray for the empty chair
to pray for grieving that has no end


How do you remember
to not forget....?

monsters still awaiting trial
monsters plotting against innocents
monsters who are pure evil


How do you remember
to not forget....?

to hug your family goodbye each morning
to never hold back I love yous
to not take anyone for granted


How do you remember
to not forget....?

gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy
gratitude for for those who protect us
gratitude for our very lives

How do you remember
to not forget?

Praying that we 
never will.

September 11, 2001-September 11, 2011

xx
Suzanne

48 comments:

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Hey girlie, just got your comments. (Hope you win!:D)

As for remembering, I've been thinking a lot about it lately. I thought about it as I yelled "Love you!" to two of my children when I dropped each of them off at school this morning. I thought about it when I yelled it to my other daughter as she was getting on the bus. I don't want those moments to go by unnoticed. For we never know what the day might bring....count your blessings every day....that's how you won't forget.

Thanks for the beautiful tribute.

xoxo
Kathleen

Sherri B. said...

Thank you Suzanne for this touching post. I can tell you that I have not forgot and never will..the horror of it is much too great. xxoo

A Rosy Note said...

This is beautiful, Suzanne. I can't believe it has already been ten years. That day is such a horror, forever etched in the minds of millons...it won't be forgotten.
xo Tricia

Lisa said...

I'll never forget.
xoL.

Hen House Studio said...

Beautiful...thank you.

raggygirlvintage said...

Beautifully expressed Suzanne.
Tracey

Joanna said...

Standing shoulder to shoulder with you from across the pond. Remembering those lost 10 years ago, those images forever scorched on my mind.

We will never forget.

xx

Christie said...

What an incredibly powerful post, dear friend. Sobering thoughts...such a tribute...brings it all into focus. We cannot take one single moment for granted...ever...
God bless you, God bless our nation, God have mercy on the ones who lost so very much that day.
In friendship,
Christie

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

It's hard to believe it was ten years ago, isn't it? I think we all remember that day so clearly - but yet, you're right, it does fade from the front of our minds as the next piece of news files in.

Thank you so much for the reminder...

Sarahx

LibbiesHome said...

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this beautiful reminder. Blessings to you and yours.

Olive Cooper said...

I cannot forget that day ever.

Farmgirl Paints said...

yay i got on!!! beautiful post girl. your writing always gets me.

Stuff and Nonsense said...

there are so many little
daily events
i cannot seem to recall
no matter how many strings
around fingers
i tie

but that day?
that terrible
terrible day

which it would be lovely to forget
erase completely

will never
never
be forgotten

thank you for your worthy words.

alison

Anne Marie said...

practice...that is how I remember

we have a flag as well on the entrance gates now that says "we will never forget"...we all need to remember why that happened...and WHO was behind it...pray for them who still try to kill this country, and pray for those who have been killed

thank you Suzanne
xo+blessings,
Anne Marie

paige said...

beautiful...just beautiful

i will never forget that moment
the fear
exactly where we were
not sleeping that night...
i'll never forget...

cityfarmer said...

the feeling and even the smells in the air are reminding me daily of those deadful hours of darkness...

lisaroyhandbags said...

What a lovely post. It's the one day that will always be etched in our minds. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. xo

Whosyergurl said...

We ALWAYS say "I love you!"

xo, Cheryl

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Lovely post: I'll never forget the unforgettable

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Remembering is so important! Thanks for these beautiful words that honor that horrible day. Suzanne, I really love this important message.

Fondly,
Glenda

michele said...

tomorrow is not promised so it's in our best interest to remember to never forget. as i get older i try to love as if i can't be hurt, but the truth is i DO get hurt. we all do. but the depth of that hurt speaks of the strength of that love. which is how i see 9/11 too. the loss of those lives is huge because of the magnitude of love within those families. and (here's a 3rd cliche for good measure) love always wins.

michele

Stitchfork said...

Beautiful post. Events that touched us in so many ways. We will never forget.
xo Cathy

mollydianeh said...

Beautifully written! ...thankyou for remembering AND for posting what most of us feel, yet "forget" to actually write something, anything about "it".
A vintage photo of my father as a child, circa 1927 prompted me to post a note about the upcoming 10 year anniversary

pollydove said...

A beautiful tribute. Love this!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

S,
I will never forget. I can remember exactly where I was and got the call saying don't leave my location. The images from that day will never leave my memory. This a truly beautiful tribute!
xo,
~R

Biz said...

Powerful words Miss Ma'am.
There are events in our life that we will never forget where we were when that moment occurred.
9/11/01 is my one and only at this point.
I was in choir class my Junior year of high school when the announcement came.
I remember that I thought they were joking.
They weren't.
My hubby was at Army Reserve AIT and he was certain he'd be deployed as soon as he finished his schooling there.
Somethings we don't need to remember, because they are forever engrained in our hearts and minds.
It's a crazy world we live in, but God is with us always and that is what we MUST remember, day in and day out.

Love & hugs,
Biz

Blondie's Journal said...

This post put tears in my eyes. I know as a country, we will never forget. But more importantly, as individuals, we must hold close the ones we love and remember that tomorrow isn't promised.

XO,
Jane

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I am so very late, but not disappointed in the message that I was going to post tonight...I cannot express it as you do, but we all know that we must NEVER FORGET. Anita

Emily Maxson said...

This is beautiful Suzanne. It is so important that we never forget! Between your post and all the flags at Providence, I am finding myself filled with emotion. I am really remembering the horror that happened 10 years ago. I will never forget when I heard. I was folding laundry and my mother called me and told me to turn on the TV. It was surreal.

THANK YOU for the eloquent reminder.

~Emily

Kristin said...

You always touch are hearts! So beautiful!

Love, KRistin

Rene said...

You have a way with words my dear. Let us never forget.

XO,
Rene

Tiffini said...

it is so easy with our busy lives to forget..being intentional is key for me. just deciding that I won't forget and weaving ways into my days to accomplish that.
your post makes me think at the end to have a time of quiet to reflect on ways that i won't forget. beautiful.
xo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good afternoon dear sister,

Thank you for your visit; I too still weep when I remember seeing a business man, in his crisp suit, jump from one of the towers to escape the fire, only to jump down to his eternity. I still cry.

Hugs and much gratitude for your brilliant character. Anita

Debi@7Gates said...

I will never forget. I was in the middle of the waiting room at my clinic and could not believe my eyes as I turned to see what the other patients were looking at. My husband called and said he was going to pick up our daughter from school and take her home. It was a speechless day. I will not forget.

Linda said...

The sights of that day are burned into my memory... there is no forgetting...XO

Blooming Rose Musings said...

This is a very lovely and sensitive post, Suzanne. That is a day we will never forget. Ten years ago! It's so strange that one minute it seems like just yesterday and then another minute is seems like a lifetime ago. One newscast polled people and found that every single person remembers where they were that day and what they were doing when they heard the news, but absolutely no one remembered where they were the day before or what they were doing the day before. September 11th changed all of our lives. We will never forget. Beautiful post.

Susan T said...

I am now playing catch up after our extended hols, visiting my favourite blogs. What a beautifully written and heartfelt post, a cousin from Seattle sent a photo link to some jaw dropping shots from that terrible day - they left me feeling very humbled - the indomitable nature of the human spirit, a great blessing indeed.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Our flags are out this morning and fluttering in the wind, as now as I read this, you have touched me with your words to the point of crying.
So lovely.
The photos were perfect too.
Thanks for sharing these sentiments,
Suzanne.

xx
A
God bless us all.

Amy Arnaz said...

Perfectly said Suzanne.
Love you xoxo Amy

Yolanda said...

I so wholehearedly agree.

Sylvia said...

This was profound and beautiful...Thinking of all those who lost their lives and are protecting our freedom. May we never forget.
Thank you !

koralee said...

We must not forget!

See you at TCC my friend..I will be a busy bee once again...will watch for you. I am hoping to meet up with Anita too. xxoo
Hugs

June said...

Beautiful post Suzanne!!! I am grateful with every breath I take!
sending hugs...

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I pray I will never forget...how can we. I heard a sermon once that impacted me. He said "if we forget, we will travel the same road again. amen.

Stitchfork said...

We will never forget.
xo Cathy

Elizabeth said...

I too pray that we never forget these poor people who lost their lives, 120 agonizing minutes of terror, heat, smoke, decisions, heartache, heartbreaking calls to family to say goodbye and I love you. My goodness it is so hard to comprehend.

I was at ground zero six months after 9/11 and I can tell you that standing on the lip of that pit in a behind the scenes "tour" was the most heartbreaking experience of my life. I can never forget or describe the feeling...it was like you could feel all of those souls there. Although I am Catholic and beleive that when you die your soul leaves the body there was a presence there and it weighed on you, your mind and your heart.

In the behind the scenes "tour" I do not like that word but for lack of a better one, we saw cabinets of flags, and priests who were on hand in case they found someone and then they stopped working on the site and went out with a flag and a clergy person and respectfully brought the person home. At least that is what we were told.

Anyway, sorry to drone, it is an emotional topic. Thank you for your beautiful words

Jeanie said...

We can't forget. It's almost too emotional a topic for me. But I can't forget. Ever.

Lili said...

Each passing year makes for yet another emotional anniversary. You have that lovely gift to be able to capture these emotions so well with your writings. xoxo ~Lili