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Cindy Maddera


I was watching the National Geographic Channel the other day while walking on the treadmill. They played a promo for all the documentaries they had planned to play to commemorate 9/11. They also asked people send in their tweets for where they were that day. I was at work and they let us all leave. Chris, Todd and I went to Galileo's  for lunch and sat there just watching it all unfold.  I remember being sad and shocked, but also a little detached. I didn't really know anyone in New York. Chrome and Kizz where not yet part of my tribe. I knew of them and hoped they were OK, but I hoped they were OK like I hoped everyone was OK. There have been few times an event has shut down this country. Pearl Harbor. The death of President Kennedy. Just once wouldn't it be nice if the country shut down because something really good happened instead of something bad. Very quickly after that, people started talking about how 9/11 changed everything. It would take another four years for me to feel the full ramifications of that day. Because, yes, 9/11 did change everything. 

Today, I am thankful for the things that didn't change. I am thankful for the people that are part of my life now. I am so thankful for those people that I didn't know then, but know now and that they made it through those terrible events to be a part of my life today. I am thankful for the men and women who took this tragedy as a sign to do something good, to volunteer, to serve their country. I am thankful.