It’s hard to think of 9/11 as anything more than the day our world changed forever back in 2011. I was in a NY high school during that time, and though nobody I knew personally was killed, people I knew and cared about did lose loved ones that day. I will never forget the fact that my dad took my sister and me out for lunch to a pizza place (we were stranded in Brooklyn, where we both attended school, because all the bridges were closed down and we couldn’t get back home to Staten Island). The pizza place happened to have a clear view of the Manhattan Skyline. He took us to the middle of the street, which was totally empty, and pointed to the pillars of smoke rising from where the World Trade Center building had been standing proudly a mere few hours before, and told us that this was a moment we’d never forget. And indeed, I never will.
I also had a favorite high school teacher who sat at her desk that day, with a blank stare, thinking, “But…it’s my birthday.” Her kids had planned, for the first time, a surprise party for her that night. But it always struck with me that, although the day was the worst day of my life, life would have to go on. September 11th will always be my beloved teacher’s birthday, as I’m sure is the case for millions of others. I’m positive that plenty of people got married on a September 11th before and after that day, so 9/11 will continue to be an anniversary for couples to celebrate.
It is for that reason that I decided to find a silly holiday to illustrate today. 9/11 will always be remembered as a day of infamy, but it also is known for other special occasions as well. So, for today’s Silliday funny, “real-fake” holiday, I’ve discovered that:
It’s a simple request that Moms ask kids all over the world: Make Your Bed. Three simple words. Yet how many of us actually DO this small task? The Happiness Project author (and Playing Grown-Ups Interviewee) Gretchen Rubin cites that making the bed is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to make you feel happy and accomplished. This small, easy task can give you a sense of order and control in your otherwise hectic life. Today, let’s show our neglected, unmade beds a little love and make them. If you’re a regular “bed maker-upper”, then give your bed an extra little pat. It’s always a good thing to appreciate the comforts of home, so today love your made-up beds!
For the month of September, Friendship Month here on Playing Grown-Ups, I will be posting on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Stay ‘tooned tomorrow for a brand new post!
~ Sherri <3
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