Love: Of Family, Of Friends, Of Country

This morning greeted me with cloudy skies and sleepy eyes. A drip or two of rain on the window. A neighbor placing flags in his yard to honor the day. A lump in my throat, reminding me that later today, family will gather in a church to say farewell to a brother, a son, a friend.

The way I truly feel about today slowly dawns on me. Reflection on the family and the friends we lose shouldn’t be just about a day – September 11. I appreciate the significance. We all need a “place” to put these feelings, and what better way than to set aside a day to mourn, to reflect, to be thankful for what we have. But the true feelings, the true significance, comes from our appreciation, reflection, and love of family, friends, and our country that also happens the other 364 days a year.

And while I will gather with family and friends to mourn the loss of a loved one, I will also remember that it’s not just about today, and it’s not just about loss. It’s about celebrating life. I will draw close those I love every day – and remember, appreciate, and be thankful for the gifts in my life.

Celebrate life today. Tell your loved ones how much you care. Love your family. Love your friends. Love your country.


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13 responses to “Love: Of Family, Of Friends, Of Country

  1. Alta,

    I’m so sorry for your loss, and I echo your sentiments about celebrating life, it is precious and fleeting at the same time.


  2. Nancy

    “Love your friends.” –Well said. Thinking of your family today and in the days ahead. Peace.

  3. (((((hugs))))) Alta. i think this is beautifully said.

  4. I’m sorry for your loss, and I thank you for reminding us of what’s important.

  5. Alta, I am so sorry for your loss. So many times our blogs are about joy and success and friendship and then other times we’re able to touch people through our pain and loss. Your words touched me. Sending hugs and love your way.

  6. My prayer for the family who lost their loved ones! Life goes on and we should appreciate what we’re having now.
    With love, Kristy

  7. Thanks for a beautiful reminder Alta. This one comes clearly from the depths of your heart.

  8. Alta, my heart goes out to you in your loss. And, you’re right … a day is never enough. It couldn’t possibly be. Thanks for your beautifully written post. Counting blessings …

    Many hugs,

  9. Beautiful post. 911 will never pass without me praying for those who were lost and giving thanks for the country that I live in.

  10. I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you. Hugs and Love,

  11. tastyeatsathome

    To all of my friends – thank you so much for your prayers, thoughts, and well wishes. It means a lot to have so many thinking about my family!

  12. What a touching post. I’m sorry to hear about your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

  13. These are beautiful sentiments and well worth remembering. My condolences to you.

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