Remembering and Reflecting

Today, I am reminded how quickly life changes.

A few months ago I posted this picture of the new World Trade Center 1 building. This morning I reflect upon this image as I did the morning I first took the photograph. As I left my apartment, I looked up and had been drawn to the sunlight passing and shining through the top of the building. Like that morning, today I think about my first husband, Peter Mardikian who passed away on 9/11/01 while attending a conference at Windows of the World and of all the other people that lost their lives that morning.

Today, I have hope.

On this morning, I am not only reminded of sadness of the past but I am reminded of kindness of people. During a time in which I had lost everything that had meaning, I found away to continue on from the strength and love of others that surrounded me every day. Family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers were relentless in their efforts to help me move forward and to find new meaning.

Today, I am grateful. Today, I remember and honor all of those taken to soon by unnecessary violence and war.

I am thankful for the years that I had with Pete. He taught me how to love and to live in the moment. I miss him and remember all of the good times we shared. His legacy continues to inspire me.