Every September 11th, I feel a range of emotions. Sadness, mostly.
But after watching the memorial happenings in New York City, I’m filled with pride, love and courage. Hearing the families who lost loved ones on that tragic day being so strong, it fills my heart with strength.
I’m thinking of all of those lost on 9/11 and sending my prayers and strength to their families.
This morning, Lu and I went downstairs to watch the 9/11 memorial here in Jersey City. The views from Jersey City are staggering and you can’t help but think about how absolutely devastating it must have been to be on the Jersey City side of the Hudson River, watching.
It puts a knot in our throats and raises the hairs on our arms. At the same time, seeing the police officers, fire fighters, and families gather to remember and memorialize fills our hearts with love, support, and courage.
I wasn’t going to write much about 9/11 today on the blog, but I was absolutely moved by seeing the memorial this morning.
Right after walking down to the Hudson River and watching the gathering of people, we went back inside. I stopped at the front desk to pick up a package and I started speaking with the woman behind the desk.
I asked her, “Did you get a chance to see the memorial outside?”
She responded, “No, but I’ve been live streaming it. My mother is out there right now, because my father died on the 93rd floor of the North Tower.”
I didn’t even know how to respond, tears just came to my eyes. I didn’t know what to say in that moment, what could possibly make her feel better. I said I was sorry and my prayers would go to her family today.
My heart goes out to all of the families who lost a loved one on 9/11 – not just today, but everyday. A day doesn’t pass when I don’t think about that day, seeing the Freedom Tower outside the front door of our building every day.
During the NYC memorial when they read off all the names of those lost on 9/11, a man urged those watching to, today, turn off our phones and computers and go spend time with the loved ones that we’re blessed to have around us. I think that’s great advice. <3
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Nutritional Information & Recipe
Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 3 points
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Ginger Tahini Cucumber Noodle and Carrot Salad
- For the dressing:
- 3 tablespoons tahini
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons water + more for thinning
- salt and pepper
- For the salad:
- 1 large cucumber Blade A, noodles trimmed
- 1 large carrot peeled and shaved into strips
- 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
- Place the cucumber noodles and peeled carrots in a bowl and pour in the sauce. Toss to combine well.
- Divide the noodles into bowls, top with sesame seeds and serve.