For our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband bought me tickets to see TRAIN: Bulletproof Picasso @ Radio City Music Hall, their first appearance there. I have seen Train live 6 times previously, but this show topped them all. Pat Monahan is such an amazing performer with pipes on him… For the last several shows, he has sung “When I Look to the Sky” without any accompaniments… no instruments, not even a mic… just Pat, his voice, and his audience. Every single time, it brings me to tears. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate my 25th than with my husband seeing our band ❤
The next morning, we set out to Ground Zero, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Although, I wasn’t immediately affected in the way of losing someone I love, the way so many others were, I feel connected in the sense that 9/11 changed my world too. I am part of this history. I remember the shock when I heard the voices of Katie Couric and Matt Lauer on the local radio station, this after two students in the hallway ran by me saying a plane ran into the Twin Towers. I thought, what an awful thing to say. I didn’t believe them. I was teaching at a local University, and after classes were cancelled, just before noon, I headed home. I just wanted to make sure my children were safe. Only blocks away from my home, they were in elementary school, but even there didn’t seem safe suddenly. I wanted to wrap my arms around them and not let them out of my sight. I spent the next weeks glued to the television to watch the horrors unfold. I tried to keep it from my kids, wanting them to remain innocent– without fear, for I now possessed enough of that for us all. My daughters reality of that time was, “Mommy are you crying again about those falling buildings?”
Since, I have noticed too many shifts in my world to be counted. I wish my children could have known the safety and security I knew at their ages, but unfortunately that’s changed forever now. And with world events as they are today– more terror threats, a new war in its infancy stages, it is more important than ever to pay homage to those we lost in the first phase of terror on our soil.