September 11th

Hi Everyone,

Today is September 11th… a date that we all hold close in our hearts and minds. A date that we will never forget.

16 years ago, the world was changed, as terrorists attacked the United States of America. What I will always remember from that tragic day, is how we all banded together and helped one another.

9 years ago, I was hospitalized with ITP. Throughout all the years of testing, and still unanswered questions, I have learned that life happens. No matter what you plan, life has a way of changing things. You learn to continue to move forward each day.

Today, Hurricane Irma’s winds are wreaking havoc outside. Places that are still rebuilding from Hurricane Matthew are being destroyed again. Memories of Hurricane Hugo from 28 years ago, are flashing in people’s minds. Again, what I try to focus on is the fact that everyone is coming together to help one another. Whether it is from Hurricane Harvey or Irma, we are all trying to keep each other safe. (I also learned that the high school where I graduated from was vandalized. Things were stolen and windows were destroyed. However, let’s remain focused on the positive side of things.)

So book wise, what does this day mean? I have read a few adult fiction novels that reflect on the meaning of September 11th, but this year, this year I chose to read a children’s book.

Seven and a half Tons of Steel

By: Janet Nolan Illustrated By: Thomas Gonzalez

On September 11, 2001, the Twin Towers fell. A large beam was taken from the wreckage and transported to Louisiana. As the beam was being molded into a bow for a new ship, Hurricane Katrina hit. Workers lived in a camp, in order to finish the USS New York. A warship dedicated to protecting the American people, while also reminding us all,to never forget that Monday morning.

Beautifully illustrated, the images capture the emotions and events surrounding the birth of this ship. Simplistic writing allow for readers to quietly reflect on their own memories, as well as teach a new generation. I wish there was more about the volunteers, and the aftermath, but I understand the focus is meant to be about the war ship.

How do you remember 9/11/2001?


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