Published on September 10th, 2011 | by Paz18
9/11 A Different Approach
Since we are in China and our home country is mourning those that lost their lives on September 11, 2001 I thought it would be a good idea to look at this from a different perspective…since we are in China and all.
I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news about the first plane hitting the building…sounded unreal. No one believed it, or did they?
Well no one born in 1981 would have believed it. That is the year I was born… But who would have said…ahh okay…here we go!? Maybe your grandparents or parents or aunts or uncles would not have been so surprised by this news and known exactly how to feel or act or even react. Today I would like us to talk and think about those people.
What have we learned from those people…and what have we NOT learned?? In our 7th month in China and living a different lifestyle it makes us think about what we know and what we wish we did know from our grandparents.
Here is Grandma Francis with Lupita and Paz
I don’t want you to think we shouldn’t be remembering those people who were lost on September 11th, 2001, but let’s have a look at this from a different angle.
Let’s think about those that we maybe we lost on different days but had gone through so much more in their lives. What have we learned from them?
My grandpa Don and grandma Francis are the ones featured here today… (for me) but I know that they represent someone in your life as well.
Did September 11th effect them the same way it did me? Were they surprised? Did they have all of the answers on what to do, where to go, and how to behave?
In their roughly 80+ years on this planet they experienced:
- Two world wars…and countless smaller ones
- Both served our country in WWII
- The Great Depression
- The atomic bomb (this needs to be separate)
- The Bay of Pigs Invasion
- The loss of a child (5 yrs old)
- Recession of 1973-1975…there were more though
- The loss of brothers, mothers, fathers, sisters, and friends
- 65+ years of beautiful marriage
- True love (married on their first date…deserves another post…but true)
- Loved and cherished two beautiful children (inspired them to follow their dreams)
- Owned two successful businesses doing what they LOVED
- Befriended many people all of different colors and backgrounds
- Volunteered in the community until they were in their 80’s
- Didn’t have debt
- Taught Sunday School
- Made amazing dishes from scratch until they could cook no more
- Taught their grandchildren pinochle
- Loved watching baseball together…the Cubs (good or bad)
- Flew planes on the weekends to go have breakfast upstate…Wisconsin
- LIVED THEIR LIFE BY THEIR OWN TERMS
Today I think of them; why?
I think of a generation and of a couple that despite all of the things that happened in their life that could have made them question everything, become depressed, hate the world, and never smile again, DIDN’T.
Why? I honestly don’t know.
How could they live such an amazingly happy life with so much bad that they had encountered and experienced. How did they walk out their front door every morning putting their best foot forward having lost so much. Again, I don’t know for sure but I can only imagine what they would say.
Paz; “Because we had the freedom to do so!
Paz; “Why the hell not!
You can pick which ever phrase you like better, but it would be because they had the choice. They could have become depressed, get divorced, or lose all hope in human kind many times and no one would have thought bad about them. But they choose to chose to be free to live the life that THEY wanted. Not the life that CNN told them they had to be afraid of, but of the life that they wanted.
They didn’t let this weeks headlines about healthcare, or unemployment determine their ability to be successful or happiness.
I am sure many people thought of them as foolish or irresponsible. In my mind they were actually the exact opposite. They were smart with their money. They loved each other very much. They made many decisions that other’s I am sure disagreed with, but I can say in the end I believe that they LOVED their life.
So don’t let this weeks headlines determine your fate, don’t let some crazy person’s opinion on T.V. or a maybe not so good friend make your decisions.
Here is my sister, Zeek, Grandma Francis, and me at Grandpa’s funeral. Who knows what she is thinking. 🙂
Have your chosen your freedom today?