Holding On

[[warning: this is a heavier, atypical post, I will not be offended if you choose not to read]]

Today is September 11th, now a day of remembrance for the US.  Ten years ago today, millions of lives changed forever.  I know, I’m stating the obvious, but this little fact got me seriously conflicted about what to post today.

I contemplated not posting at all, in fear of not being able to say “the right things” – but it has already been a few days since my last post, and I can’t hold off any longer.  I thought about posting as I normally do, but ignoring an event of this magnitude is not something I could do.  It meant too much, to too many people, and I like to think that I am not so selfish as to just ignore heavy topic if they are not generally covered on my blog.  This is not to say that I feel like every American blogger should post about this today – that is not what I mean.  It is my personal choice, and it would weigh on my conscience to not write about it.

No, I am not going to tell you where I was when I found out that airplanes had crashed into some of the most important, densely populated American structures.  No, I am not going to make you feel bad for me when in truth,  I was just one of many millions of kids who’s immediate lives were not directly affected.  I was scared, but could not understand.

Ten years later, I still can’t say I fully comprehend the events of that day.  But, I have learned how it feels to lose someone close to you, and in no way is it easy to get past.  It does not matter what it is that causes something tragic, we still grieve, and we hold on.  We hold on to memories, to good times, to things that were lost too soon.

If there is one truly important lesson I have learned recently, it would be this:  As hard as it is to let go of the past, we must move on.  It is okay to remember, but not to dwell too long.  Instead, look forward, to great things that have not yet passed.

I found this great video circulating on the web.  As much as I generally do not like this song, I have a new-found respect for it – this video is truly uplifting.

edit: I know this is a State Farm commercial, but I really liked it, and thought it was truly fitting.

We look to the future, to all the great children and civil servants that are still with us.  We celebrate the lives of those lost, and honor their memory by being the best people, leaders, firefighters, friends, etc. that we can.  Holding on, but moving on.

On a lighter note, being a person who relates almost every event – good, bad, happy, sad – to a food, I created a simple smoothie recipe to lift my spirits for the day.  I know it seems silly, but it is one way that helps me channel excess emotional energy.

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This smoothie is simply sweet and refreshing, something we often forget to enjoy during sad times.

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gorgeous farmer's market mint

It has the dominating flavor of refreshing mint, with a subtle hint of lightly sweet peaches, maple, autumn spices, for warmth and remembrance. [[note: this is my interpretation, I am no expert on symbolism and such.  this is simply what I think of when tasting]]

Peach-Mint ‘Refresh & Remember’ Smoothie

  • 1 fresh (or frozen) peach, cut in chunks
  • about 10-15 mint leaves (or to taste)
  • 2-4 T yogurt
  • 1/4 c applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp. autumn spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger)
  • 1/2 c. light, unsweetened milk (almond, or rice is best)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (omit if your peach is extra sweet)
  • optional: handful of spinach, ice if using fresh peaches (I added both)

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Toss all ingredients into a blender and blend it all up.  Drink it down, and think of something new you learned recently, or something you are looking forward to this week.

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smoothie with a side of the lovely NYC

Finish it up, and remember the great things of the past, ready to move on.

No questions today, I hope you all had a good weekend!

[[regular ELD posting will resume tomorrow, I promise :-D]]


6 thoughts on “Holding On

  1. awww I love the smoothie recipe! mint- green smoothie- peach… are u kidding ? this sounds AMAZING!!! I’m glad everyone was safe today!! This is definitely a day to hold on to and remember everyones lives who were lost- and also a day to remember that anything can happen and we should always be on guard and love eachother every moment we have! ❤

  2. You said all the right things, girl 🙂 Great post. It was a hard day for sure. I’m not even American, but it hit us pretty hard up here in Canada as well… especially because the world seemed to change so much since that day. But all we can do is remember, and be grateful for all of the blessings that we have.

  3. A well-fitting tribute. There are a handful of events where you’ll never forget how you found out about them. For me, 9/11 and the death of Princess Diana are ingrained in my head. My thoughts and prayers are with all affected by the events of 10 years ago. xx

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