Sunday, September 11, 2011
There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct.
There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world even though they are no longer among the living.
These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind."
— Hannah Senesh
I was at work that day in a patients room starting and IV . I remember hearing that a lot of the schools and business were closing and that I wanted to be at home with my family not at work but like all those who are in public service I stayed at work that day with my fellow nurses and doctors and watched the tragedy unfold on TVs in patients rooms. I remember thinking that I wished I could be there to help in some way in NYC,WA, or Penn. I remember hearing on TV that they wanted all health care workers to come back to the hospitals if they could. I remember getting home that night and hugging my husband and feeling safe.
Today I am thankful for all those who serve this country the military and their families, the cops and firefighters and first responders and their families and also the doctors and nurses . I know firsthand that these professions can never be compensated for the good they do for their fellow human beings and the sacrifices they make to keep us safe and healthy. If you get the chance this week thank them for what they do. I know being a nurse for 27 years that it means so much for someone to tell me thank you on a day when nothing seems to go right and you can't seem to please anyone. It means so much.
I will be back later this week with more to share. We have been settling in here in Tennessee and I start a new job tomorrow but I have lots of ideas for the blog and reconnecting with all of you. I just wanted today to be about the solemnity and sacrifice of those who died and those who still serve.
May we all never forget.
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