You Say It's Your Birthday…

9/11 memorial blog posts, retrospective TV shows, and new articles are all over the media this week, as I knew they would be. Many of them mention the “almost ten years” since the day we watched live as what we first thought must be a tragic accident turned into an act of terror we could scarcely comprehend, even though it happened right in front of our eyes. I can only imagine what the coverage will be like next year, when it really is the ten-year anniversary.

It’s also my birthday. That 9/11 was my thirtieth birthday. I’ve written a little about that before, here.

It’s a strange day to have a birthday. In the post-9/11 world, celebrating anything today always seems a little disrespectful, somehow. Kind of like having your birthday on Remembrance Day, I guess.

But being an introspective person, my birthday is also about reflecting on where I’m going, where I’ve been, where I am. And I can – and do – give a nod of thanks to those who lost their lives that day for pushing me to live mine the way I want to. So I’ll do that, and celebrate, too, because I can, and when you think of all the people who can’t, that’s as good a reason as any. I think they’d understand.



  1. Linda G. September 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    It’s nice to have a happy occasion associated with this day in my mind now, too. 🙂

    • Kathy September 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

      Thanks, Linda. 🙂

  2. Deb September 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Happy Birthday, Kathy! As a very wise woman once told me (Diana G); you can’t allow the crazies of this world to rob you of your joy, or your ability to share that joy with others.

    Your birthday is a joyful day, not only for you, but those that know and love you. After all…

    To the world, you are one person;
    But to someone, you are the world.


    Happy Birthday!


    • Kathy September 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

      Very wise, indeed. Thanks, Deb. 🙂

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