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September 11, 2008

What's For Dinner?

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Boy what a day! It's hard to believe that it's just after one in the afternoon!

Alexis and I spent the morning cleaning, doing lessons, waiting for someone to come take a look at the window in the basement that decided to let water in during Tropical Storm Hanna, and also look at the master bathroom shower, which has decided to send water to the middle floor last night when Alexis was taking a shower upstairs.

How's that for fun??

Plus we still have our science lesson to do after her nap. Busy, busy, busy!

I must admit I'm also sort of melancholy today on this the 7th anniversary of 9/11. Seven years...How is that even possible? The horrors of that day are still so etched in my mind. I remember, as many of you probably do as well, exactly where I was. I remember family and friends calling frantically to make sure we were ok, since one of the passengers on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon shared my maiden name and as pre Miss G I was often known to take the metro into DC to the Smithsonian or the Library of Congress on a whim. In fact Jamison's dad and I were in DC at the Smithsonian a few days before the attack.

I remember watching the news coverage in horror as they showed the planes crashing into the buildings over and over. I remember Jamison coming home from work early and sitting with me as we watched in shock as the story unfolded before us. I remember finding out that a lady we attended church with had just found out that her best friend was on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. So many memories, all still right there, right on the surface. It doesn't seem possible that seven years have passed!

The past few days I've debated how to explain 9/11 to Alexis. Did I make a lesson out of what happened? Would she understand? Did she need to know at the young age of 5? I finally decided that while she could grasp what had happened, and in her infinitely altruistic way feel for the people who died, and the families who lost loved ones in ways that amaze me every time I see her do just that, I wanted, for just a bit longer, to keep her innocent.

I don't want her to have to worry about what might happen and what did happen and what a horrible that day was. It's been hard enough having to teach her about strangers, and having to make her realize that bad things sometimes happen, and sometimes people even die, in fact we all die at some point, and while we hurt and grieve life inevitably goes on.

I ultimately decided that a tragedy on the scale of 9/11 is not quite on her level yet. Soon enough she will know, and being the truly feeling child that she is, she will hurt for all of those who were directly affected by the tragedy, but for now I want to keep her innocent for as long as I can and keep whatever hurt I can away from her. She is only five after all, though sometimes through her actions and words you forget that fact.

Digressing...Digressing! Oh my have I gotten off of the subject! Let's get back to dinner now shall we and move away from my melancholic thoughts?

My sister invited us over to dinner at her house this evening since Jamison is in class and I'm dealing with repair type issues, but since I have no clue when they may show up (Don't you just love that?? Not!) we had to take a rain check. Alexis and I usually do ultra simple and meat free the nights that Jamison is in class so I think tonight we are going to have grilled cheese sandwiches, which I must say Alexis always refuses to try, but we'll try again because she likes bread and cheese, and there is no reason why she wouldn't like them together. We'll also have some fresh carrots and cucumbers.

What are you having?

Update: 1:59 PM: I forgot that we're out of bread. So no grilled cheese sandwiches here! Back to the drawing board!

Update: 5:52 PM: Alexis ended up having macaroni and cheese (her only really pre-made food that she will willingly eat!) and watermelon. I ended up making a delicious watermelon salad! Look for that recipe next week! ;o)

Posted by Dianne at September 11, 2008 1:16 PM

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Today was indeed a somber day. It was cloudy and rainy to add to the somberness. I still put my flags up in remembrance.
Thank you for the kind words about my blog. My sister will see your comment as well. I look forward to working with you. We shall start on Monday. Thanks for adopting me! Nella

Posted by: Nella at September 11, 2008 7:18 PM

Nella, we had clouds here all day as well. No rain though, but I thought the weather was infinitely appropriate.

I think this adoption thing will be fun!

Posted by: Dianne at September 11, 2008 8:28 PM

I too debated whether to talk about 9/11 with my first graders, and decided against it. Almost every single teacher at my school wore all black today. It was dark and cloudy all day in Los Angeles for the first time in months. Ironic? I don't think so. Anyway, tonight Tony is bringing home my favorite Mexican meal: two cheese/avocado enchiladas, chili relleno, pinto beans, rice for me and a steak burrito for him!

Posted by: Noelle Markus at September 11, 2008 9:21 PM

I think the weather yesterday was very appropriate given the circumstances. It's funny when nature works out like that!

Mexican is always a good choice in my book. I LOVE Mexican food!

Posted by: Dianne at September 12, 2008 1:18 PM

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