I'm proud of you, hon! Great work and great article. Kudos to all those at SWA who spent two days on a bike to help out others! You all were sore and tired as you came across the finish line, but you were still smiling and showing that SW spirit. Blessings to each of you.
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As my husband, Phil, has already posted, we were on our way to the NM State fair with our kids. The kids at that time were 7 and almost 6. When we realized what had happened and why the fair was closing, we headed back to the car. The kids were confused and did not understand why the midway was not going to open and why they could not ride any of the rides or eat our usual State Fair foods.
WHat do you say to a 6 and 7 year old? How do you tell them that the country in which they live is no longer the safe haven that all of us believed it to be? How do you explain to them that there are people out there in the world who would choose to harm us? And how hard it is to look in their faces and dream dreams for their futures when you know that those futures are very vulnerable!
It was this year, five years later, that our kids are finally grasping what happened and what it means. They have asked very hard questions, some that do not have answers- at least not logical ones. They now know that nothing is certain- even our freedom is as risk if we are not vigilent at defending it. They are growing up with a cloud over their futures that no other generation before them had known. What I took for granted; family, friends, freedom, and the very future, has become fragile and uncertain.
No matter our politics, preferences, backgrounds or differences, we as a people must once again become UNITED. If not for ourselves, then at least for our children. United we stand, divided we fall.
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