Yesterday was a busy day for us. We had to get up early to attend childbirthing class, which turned out to be a Lamaze based class. The very informed instructor was great and I feel that though much of the information was review for me (I’ve read a lot so far) the info was all new to the hubs. It was also great to practice breathing techniques together and gave us a better idea of what to expect and what to do when I go into labor. The hubs seems changed by the class. Not a bold sweeping change, but something underneath it all seems altered for the better, can’t put my finger on it right now.
It was an odd day to be talking about bringing life into the world when we were remembering how so much life was ripped from this world ten years ago. September 11th will be a part of who we are for the rest of our collective history, much the way that past wars are a part of who we are. We all remember where we were. That morning ten years ago was my first day of college. I was starting orientation at the Culinary Institute of America – still just a naive kid fresh out of high school. Our orientation programs were interrupted and the three big screens in the auditorium were broadcasting the news, and we watched the second plane. Needless to say it made starting college a sobering event. The months that followed brought a lot of change to the industry that I loved and was pursuing. The entertainment industry took a nose-dive, people stopped eating out the way they had before. Fine dining hasn’t been the same since the attacks, people don’t eat the same way anymore.
Life goes on. It’s hard to believe that ten years have passed already, and yet at the same time, it feels like ten years. None of us are the same people we were a decade ago. And so while we took time to reflect and remember yesterday, I hope you took time to look forward with hope and new dreams. We will always remember that terrible day, but we have to carry on.
On a different note – Happy Birthday Bediesel! This time last year we were thinking about how close we were to packing up and going home. And revelling in the comfort of heated cabins with indoor plumbing! Hope you have a special day – we’re thinking of you!