Sunday, November 27, 2011

{Monday} Moments: Taking a Bite

Took a tiny bite out
of the Big Apple for two
and a half days with my
family last week, before
taking the train to Maryland
for Thanksgiving with my
brother, his family and
our parents.

I arrived with the flu and
promptly fell into bed in
their nice, dark guest room
for the next 18 hours.

When I first woke up,
thankful to feel a bit better
on Thanksgiving Day, I lay
cozied up under the down
comforter, thinking back to
all the fun memories we had
made in NYC.

Lit a candle at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
It was the first visit for our
kids, and my hubby and I were
grateful that they are teens and
able to navigate busy streets and
crowded places with confidence.

Beautiful Central Park

Dylan's Candy Bar
Having them with us was like
seeing the City for the 
first time.....

Times Square

Rockerfeller Center, where the big tree was still under wraps.

The glorious Statue of Liberty

F.A.O. Schwartz

Bergdorf Goodman had our favorite windows!

The moment that stands out in
my mind from our brief time
in NYC didn't happen at a show
or on Times Square, though.

Instead, it occurred when we
went to pay our respects to a
small but powerful memorial
outside the corporate headquarters
of my husband's employer in
midtown Manhattan.

It was created by artist Richard
Fleischner to remember the 358
employees who lost their lives while
at work on September 11, 2001.

The inscription reads:

Our lost colleagues are, above all,
your adored children and parents,
husbands and wives,
sisters and brothers, 
your cherished relatives and friends.

Each person's unique signature 
 is etched on the wall behind
their name.

I couldn't help wonder where
the signatures came from, since
all the documents from their
offices had been destroyed.

A check?
The closing document on a
first mortgage?
Their driver's license?

Did Michael or Sharon have
any premonition of what was
to come when they dashed off
this particular signature?

chose to think not, as I studied
the various styles of handwriting
and each name, representing a 
life taken far too soon.

At that moment, I chose to
believe that they had signed
their names on an ordinary,
sunny, happy day.

And as we moved on from
the memorial, merging into the
teeming sidewalks, we became
enveloped in the upbeat energy
that is Manhattan during the
holiday season, physically leaving
those 358 souls behind on a 
glass wall, but carrying the moment 
forever in our hearts.

What moments do you bring
to our virtual water cooler, today?

Big or small, informative, fun,
beautiful, crafty, delicious or
thoughtful, 'tis the season to
share, as we embrace this
wonderful thing together 
that we call life, for the
Michaels and Sharons and
others no longer here
to celebrate it with us.


PS:  I am leaving the {Monday}
Moments link open all week, so
pop back any time to catch up on
a variety of special moments!

PPS:  I will be announcing a
giveaway later in the week; it's
going to be a goodie : )


patty said...

i sware there is no place like NYC, especially at christmas time. beautiful captures! so glad you were able to enjoy with your family... and so glad you were feeling better for t'giving.


I am sorry that you had the flu, but happy you had a lovely place to rest and recover.

I loved the sweetness of the signatures on the memorial. I love seeing the handwriting of my friends and family. What a comfort it must be to see it.

Safe journey home.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I know this memorial well, as my daughter worked for this company, post 9-11. It is beautifully done.

You got wonderful photos of all the holiday decorations in the city -- the Rockefeller tree is lit Nov 29!

Sylvia said...

What a precious, tender moment ...I like your soul;you are guided by love and empathy. We cannot help, but be compassionate every time we pay respect to those who lost their lives on this day.
Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos of your loved ones enjoying the inspiring NYC.

Joanna said...

Such a moving tribute to those lost on 9/11, their names, otherwise probably anonymous, perfectly personalised with their signatures.

So sorry to hear you had the flu, that's such a bummer (although I bet you were really well looked after).

Beautiful post as always, Suzanne.

Wishing you a lovely week.


Marie said...

A beautiful post Suzanne. All your posts are. I hope to one day go to NYC. Hopefully not with the flu. Hope you are feeling better. Loved all the pictures. Thanks so much for sharing. xxoo
PS I love David Archuleta too!

lisaroyhandbags said...

I adore NYC and what a touching memorial - so much more personal with the addition of their signatures.

So sorry to hear you were hit with the flu over Thanksgiving! Hopefully you're back on your feet and feeling much better. xo

Beth said...

Hi Suzanne,
I have never visited New York and your photos have just taken me there on a virtual visit - thank you.
I have been having a few reminiscing moments recently and have been thinking about Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. I just can't get into the whole Christmas thing when the temperature is rising.
I hope that you are now fully recovered from the flu.

Linda in AZ * said...

*** Dear Suzanne~

Sincere, loving and heartfelt thoughts so beautifully described by you this early (4:00 A.M.!) Monday morning.

Quite a "bummer", that being sick was!!! (Aargh!!!). I know not to question His actions, so sometimes, when I read something like that, I say to myself (with a warm, knowing smile & glance to Him "upstairs"), and ask "What were you THINKIN'?". Grins...

Wanted to share this with you, because I KNOW you'll appreciate it like I did...............

"When I was 5 years old, my Mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "HAPPY".

They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life".

Sending you my friendship and warmest holiday wishes to you AND all your family!

Linda in AZ *

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

As always dearest, your thoughts are skillfully communicated and lovingly etched on our hearts as we enter into another Monday...but of course, a day, a week to never ever be taken lightly....the city is so beautiful at this time of year!!!! Oh how terrible to be sick during the holiday! I was too, but not that up! Anita

paige said...

so sorry to hear you were under the weather. but so thankful you felt better & enjoyed such wonderful memories in an incredible city with your loved ones.
beautiful eloquent post my friend

Alicia said...

i'd love to go to nyc. so fun. i love the photos. so sorry you got sick though. being sick when you're away from home is just the worst. sorry :(
also, i love that the memorial has everyone's signature. that is so special. what a great addition to something so special.
glad you got to go see all that!

Julie said...

ah...moved in my heart, seeing the photo with the signatures and reading your thoughts...It still hits hard every single time when I think back to that day.(even the OK bombing with all those photo memories of the daycare, what was left) Memorials are good for remembering. What a good thing this man has done to remind each one who passes by. A GOOD moment. I am so glad you got to have a family time seeing all of those wonderful sights Suzanne. I'm sure your kids will not soon forget it.
I do HOPE you are well on your way to being 100%! Hugs to you! xoxo

Linda said...

Your trip looks amazing, Suzanne...the memorial is one of the most touching I have ever personal. It really made it very real to me and I thank you for sharing it. I'm sorry to hear you were ill, and hope you are feeling much better now! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Stitchfork said...

Always love how you can make me 'see' your stories through your words and photos. Such a special talent you have Suzanne. Glad you are feeling better!
xo Cathy special moments of the weekend was enjoying having all my sons home from their schools. Hard to send them all off again, but know they will return for Christmas break soon.

Cindy said...

I hope you are feeling much better!
I am glad you got to spend Thanksgiving with your family and make wonderful memories. Your post was very bittersweet. It reminded me to be thankful for my loved ones that are still with me. Things can change in a matter of minutes. Beautiful post...

michele said...

what a deep, meaningful moment you shared today, suzanne. i may be joining Bill in NYC in a few weeks so this post cheered me. these moments of yours...strung together and twinkling with the white lights of your soul...are forming a gorgeous banner of love. (and we get to dance beneath it.)


jeanette from everton terrace said...

Very sorry to hear you were sick but glad you had a comfortable warm place to rest.
I have always wanted to visit NYC during the holidays! Looks like you had a wonderful time. The memorial with the signatures is fabulous, what a perfect idea. My eyes filled with water at both it's beauty and your words, very nice.

Farmgirl Paints said...

can't wait to get there someday. an autograph is a very personal thing. i love how they tied that into the memorial.

pollydove said...

Oh Suzanne ... it is SO not fun to be sick during the holidays. Sadly, I have had my fair share too. Glad you were still able to have a nice time.

How fun for you and your family to be in NYC! I love the pictures! I wish I could jet off with my little Chloe who is hoping to be on Broadway someday - she has never been and would be terrible jealous if she saw this post!

I hadn't ever heard this song by David Archuleta! It was this time last year that three of my children and I went and heard him sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir here in Salt Lake! He was fabulous and it was a wonderful addition to our holiday season! Christmas concerts are one of my favorite things to do at this time of year! (Next blog post in fact.) ;)

Lili said...

We haven't been to NYC in years and we are really not even that far away. What a fun place at Christmas and with your family too Suzanne. Such a bummer that the flu bug hit,hope you're better by now! And thanks for sharing those images and thoughts of that emotional memorial. xoxo ~Lili

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Hello my lovely friend, I so enjoy your Monday Moments! So sorry to hear about the flu but glad you were able to enjoy time in NYC with your hubby & kiddos first! I have not seen that memorial and it must be breathtaking....and something that will not soon leave your thoughts.

My little niece and nephew live right across the street from the Museum of Natural History and got to see the Macy's Day Parade floats get blown up on Wednesday - so amazing! Did you see any?

Hope you're feeling better and were able to enjoy your time in Maryland! And I'm also hoping to be a little more crafty with my Mangia Mondays posts so I can join in the chat at the watercooler over here soon! Have a happy weekend.xoLisa

Joanna Jenkins said...

NYC is the BEST! I worked there years ago and miss the city so much, especially this time of year (and there's no snow).

What a treat for you and your family to enjoy it together.

Glad you're feeling better. jj

Biz said...

Dear Suzanne!
I hope you are feeling better. I'm sure your family helped nurse you back to health as best they could! Thank you for sharing about your trip to NYC. I have dreams of getting up there and now I know a few key places I'd like to stop. You and your daughter look beautiful!
Sending you all big BIG hugs!
Be Blessed Miss Ma'am!


Teacup Moments said...

Sorry to hear about the flu, Suzanne! Hope you're feeling better! Love all your photos of NYC. I love those store windows during the holidays, just lovely! What great memories you made with your family, flu notwithstanding.

Tina´s PicStory said...

wonderful trip :)

pretty pink tulips said...

I love seeing NYC through your I can go there often and usually for just snippets of time. I know this will be a special memory for your children, too!

I've never seen the memorial you wrote about, but it is certainly one of the more touching memorials I have seen for 9-11.

I'm grateful to know you are out there - sharing your take on the world with all of us!!

Happy Holidays, friend!
xo Elizabeth

Lulu and Co. said...

Oh I'm so sorry you were hit with the flu. Your New York trip looked oldest daughter had a three day field trip with her AP world history class and loved it all....we would love to go back as a family....and we are in maryland so it's really not a long trip at all.
Wishing you a wonderful week!!!
It was so nice to be back visiting you again,

Acanthus and Acorn said...

This was like listening to you think outloud.

This Thanksgiving was the first since 2007 that we were all together as a family. Every moment no matter how small was precious and this post was a reminder of that.

Sylvia said...

Dear Suzzane ,
Thank you for being so kind to me .
I live in Toronto and if you are passing by we can enjoy a cup of coffee...with goood conversation :)
Wishing you a good time in Vancouver and best of luck to your lovely daughter .

Felicity said...

Hi Lovely!
It sounds like all your energy was expended whilst absorbing all the fabulous elements of the Big Apple but I'm so pleased that you were in a safe and loving place to be nurtured when the bug took hold.

It's always a gift to see the world through others' eyes and your tour of NYC was a delight to unwrap, particularly the amazing store windows.

For the people who conceived the idea of placing the signatures behind the names of those lost on 11.11 - bravo! This is such a personal feature and very touching.

Sending you happy hugs from afar and wishes for a terrific remainder to your week.

pve design said...

Oh, darn, if only I had known you were here....we could have met up in the big apple or you could have come to my home!
Hope you are feeling better and wishing you all the we enter the holidaze!!!

koralee said...

What a lovely time to be in NYC...hope you are feeling better and ready for December JOY. I would so love to pop over to NYC for a weekend...well Seattle will have to do. I do love that city too!
Thank you for your sweet comments you always leave really are a blessing to sooooo many. Hugs to you for a wonderful mid week day. xoxoxoxooo

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Suzanne, I am so sorry to hear that you had the flu during your travels and holiday. I hope you are feeling much better now.
Seeing the signatures is so touching and so sad. Even after these years it is still unbelievable that that really happened. What a beautiful memorial and so personal and touching with the signatures. It must have been very moving to see it in person.
I'm glad you were able to move on and see the holiday decorations in the city. It really is a spectacular city at Christmas.
I have been crazy with work but I will try to get a post done and link up with you tomorrow.
I hope you are feeling better. XO

blessedmom's simple home said...

I've only been to New York City once, many years ago. I'd love to go back with my hubby and kids sometime.
Thank you for sharing the memorial. The signatures make it so personal, and very touching.

Amy Arnaz said...

The signatures are eerie. They make the inscribed names so personal. Those people really did live. They aren't just an inscription on a wall. I have never seen this before, so thank you for sharing it. Very moving. xoxo Amy

Jeanie said...

So very sorry you were under the weather for part of this, but glad you were able to enjoy NYC. It is such a wonderful spot, isn't it. Although, I've never known about the wall. Fascinating.

Low Tide High Style said...

So glad you had such a wonderful visit, in spite of being sick. And that memorial is a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives that fateful day!