I don’t need to tell anyone what day it is today. Who can forget that day that changed the world and forever altered the way we view peace?
But on the last “normal” September 11, we welcomed a third child into our family…
…all 8lbs 6 oz of him…the little dumpling…Cooper arrived just 2 hours before his due date..unlike his siblings who arrived two and three weeks early. We like to joke that Coops has always liked to be cozy…and personally I think he would still be in there if he could fit! My biggest snuggler for sure.
I painted each of the kids a little rocking chair for their FIRST birthdays and Cooper, being a total “TRUCK” boy had his painted with yellow dump trucks.
I gave it to him early on the morning of his birthday – never in my life dreaming that these photos would mark the “before the nightmare started” part of his birthday..when we were blissfully unaware that there were monsters in the skies…and all we had to do was climb into a rocking chair…..
I remember standing in the bakery, after I retrieved the kids from school, after I spent hours glued to the television, crying with the phone glued to my ear..alternately speaking to my Mom, my Sister in law and my best friend.
I stood staring at the freshly decorated cakes behind the glass…but all I could see were the buildings falling down…the horror of it all…then like my mirrors reflection, I caught the eye of a woman across the bakery….dazed and distracted…, somehow our eyes met and she said
“It’s my daughter’s 6th birthday…I feel so conflicted..this all feels so weird”.
I agreed…saying “This is my youngest sons First Birthday…he won’t even know if I don’t buy him a cake. We could just skip his Birthday cake…but his siblings won’t understand” …
Today we celebrate a very important day in our family and we honor those whose lives were changed beyond recognition…on that beautiful day in September.
Thank you Cooper for giving us such joy…
Life beats on. We never forget. Babies are born. We will always remember. People pass away.
And Kids grow up…MY “BABY” is 14!!!
Heaven Help me…
We are Blessed.