Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sept. 11, 2012 (11 years later)

I struggled with this post this year.  So much has changed in so many ways.  I know I don't blog here much anymore, but I felt it necessary to do so today in honor of all that was lost that day.  These parts of our history have meaning and must be remembered.  I am toiling with returning to blog world, in a different kind of way.  So with all due respect to those we lost on 9/11, 11 years later....I remember just one of the many, the one I loved and knew.
This will be the 7th year that I have posted this exact same post...which is 7 years since I entered blog world.  I know many of you have already read it and seen the video, but I can find no other words on this day. Every year I watch the video again and remember the moments, just like it was yesterday. I also wonder where Mary Lou would be in her life now. Would she be married? Would she have children? There are no answers for those questions, but she will forever remembered.

In loving memory and in honor of my high school best friend, I decided to share this personal video in hopes that you can see what the world lost through Lou's smile. She was destined for greatness and it is still so hard to accept the reality of her life 11 years later. These are my memories from days that now seem so long ago. As each anniversary of that tragic day rolls around, I relive the minutes, as I am sure that each of you do. I replay the phone call in my mind from my mother where she only had to speak 5 words, "Tracy....Mary Lou is missing" when my knees hit the ground and the gravity of what had happened sunk in. I will never forget or will I allow my children, grandchildren and future generations to forget what happened to change America on that day. Each face lost that day is someone's loved one. I mourn for their loss and I pray for a safer future. So in light humor I share the good, the bad, the ugly. The bad hair days, the bangs, the scrunchies, the eyebrows and even the bad prom dresses. But what the camera doesn't capture are the laughs & giggles, the stories behind the photos, the times that there was no camera to capture the moment, the late nights spent talking and being silly high school girls, the innocence of time and the sisterhood of friendship.
Please remember Mary Lou.

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