This month is always an emotional roller coaster for me. On the one hand, the weather is magnificent! I have so many new plans and projects in the works that it makes my New Year’s resolutions look amateur! We celebrate several wonderful family events, including birthdays and anniversaries.
Last week one of my husband’s uncles turned 90, and he is as spry as the most youthful 70 year old! Both my husband’s parents will turn 80 at the end of the month, as well as celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary. My father turns 75 today. It’s a month with a lot of parties and large family gatherings. There is so much to celebrate…
And here’s the balance. I miss the quickly fading light as we hurtle toward winter. I’m often overwhelmed by the demands of all the things I’ve promised to people, deadlines rushing toward me, obligations I wish I’d never made!
My younger son, who lives in Manhattan, went to the site of the World Trade Center on Friday, late in the day, after the services were done. He took several moving photos there, but the one that haunts him, and now haunts me, was never taken.
The image he did not take is of a crew of men shoveling thousands of flowers into a dump truck. The inevitable clean-up from such moving ceremonies….
Such is September, a mix of celebration, reflection, sadness. Over the weekend I learned that Chris has been friends with Annie Le and her fiance Jonathon throughout their four years at Univ. of Rochester. Jonathon is at Columbia with Chris now. Such an unspeakable tragedy.