12 years since that fateful day. I understand how profoundly it changed my life even though I was on an opposite coast. It started a chain of events that have me where I am today. It is interesting to look back and so clearly identify an event that defined part of the course of my life.
There have been many remembrances today and many who will do it better than I can ever hope to. Some are first hand accounts, like this one from Meg Cabot. Some are ceremonies honoring those that were lost that day, like this ceremony at our local high school. Some are just 140 word shout-outs recognizing the heroes of 9/11. These thoughts and offerings bring us together as we share a common point in time.
The thought came to my mind today that this is why it is important to get our stories down. This why I put pictures to page and words in a scrapbook. Because you never know when it will be too late to tell your story. You never know when your life will shift from one gear to the next. Telling these stories now preserves their place in your history. In my history.
9/11 caused me to look at many things in my life differently and one of the things that came out on top was scrapbooking. These pictures, these stories, these books are worth being invested in.
However you have chosen to spend this day, I hope you will consider telling more of your history in your scrapbooks. History will be glad you did.