Today is a day that will forever be ingrained in our memories. So I couldn’t post my blog today without remembering what happened to our country on September 11th, 2001. I remember a flood of tears running down my face. I remember thinking for the first time in my life that the future of our country might be compromised and I remember days and days of sadness and despair.
I would guess you remember where you were when you heard the news about the Twin Towers going down. It was the same for me when President Reagan was shot, when President Kennedy was assassinated and when O.J. Simpson’s verdict came in. I could tell you exactly where I was, what time of day and who I had spoken to about it. It seems that only horrible events mark our memories.
But events to remember don’t always have to be sad and discouraging. On this day of mourning, I have some happy news to share with you. It’s a fun personal story of a day (or days) to remember that will always stay with me.
Here’s a special message I wrote to my friends recently and am allowed to share with you today:
Imagine our surprise several weeks ago, when Jason and Lindsay (our son and daughter-in-law) had us over for lunch and handed us a gift box. Inside was a note attached to a pacifier telling us to hold onto it for safekeeping as their new (second) baby would be arriving and would need it. They were 5 weeks along and since it was so early in the pregnancy, they asked us not to tell anyone. Naturally, we were thrilled and promised to keep their secret!
Then less than a week later, Nikki and Zac (my daughter and son-in-law) came to visit .. little Everley had made us a picture card and it was important that we open it together. We did to find 4 stick figures drawn depicting a family. The fourth little person had a bubble message above it that read. “I’m new”. We were thrilled and overwhelmed. They wanted to keep it a secret until more time passed and asked innocently if we could keep their secret.
Well, by then our smiles were bigger than ever and we started chuckling. The irony was too much. Personally, I was ready to bust all my seams, my mind was spinning like a hamster wheel. Inadvertently each one of our kids asked us to keep their secrets! Well, finally after minutes of smirking and grinning like fools, Nikki guessed that Lindsay was also pregnant. My daughter was also about 5 weeks along! After seeing the doctor and finding out all was well, Nikki and Lindsay found out they are due on April 6th and April 8th respectively! Can you imagine, two days apart.
I guess I’m the Double Whammy Grammy!! For hubby and me, it’ll be like having twins!
So five weeks later, our kids decided to tell the rest of the family their good news. (Yes, we kept both of their secrets from everyone else for those weeks) They had a onesie printed on both sides, the front side announcing one family’s news and due date and the back side announcing the other. Our little girls, Everley and Kyra handed a gift bag to my sister whose birthday we were celebrating and when she lifted the onesie from the bag, she read the front side, while the rest of the family were reading the backside. Everyone screamed, not knowing what the other side said, until my sister turned the onesie around. Then everyone shouted and cried. So, they pulled off a unique surprise and it was so much fun being in on it!
That’s a memory that I’ll always have ingrained in my memory. So hug a friend or family member today and try to remember the good times, while never forgetting the bad. Post a comment today and let me know what you’re thinking. I will be donating a good sum to the Wounded Warriors program on this day…I’m especially grateful to all who serve, have served and hope my donation will help.