Monday, September 12, 2016

a condensed version of my weekend

Friday was National Teddy Bear Day -let's get real, every day is some kind of National Day.  But this one was fun to celebrate because I got to take Hazel to what I thought was going to be a quick trip to Build a Bear. Long story short we were in line for almost three hours. I know, I know, you wouldn't have waited in line for that. So what happened was... we were waiting in line for about 30 minutes when we finally made it to the front of the store, we get there, get our bears and then we wait. It was one of those waiting games where I didn't think it could really take that-long. You know what I mean? You're waiting in line and you're-right-there so you don't feel like you should move because surely the line will move any-minute-now!!! Well, that's how the whole thing went down, Hazel had fun though and surprisingly did really well in line. She still remembers kissing the heart, putting it in the bears back, stuffing the bear, and the lady sewing up the bear. So for me it was worth the wait! 
Our mornings are starting to cool off -which usually happens this time of year- so we have a few good hours of outside time. Saturday morning we headed to the park, Hazel really like to swing now, she'll giggle, and smile real big often requesting more! It seems like just yesterday she was begging me to take her out of the swing because she hated it, but I guess that's what happens when the seasons change. 

Saturday morning we also visited Healing Field in Tempe. It was quite amazing, breathtaking, and overwhelming all in the same moment. Each flag represented a person who died on 9/11, each flag had the person's name, and specific information about that person's life. I couldn't help but want to read about all the people, to get a quick glimpse into their lives. All these lives now gone. I will never forget visiting this site, seeing all these flags, and a feeling that I can't quite make words of, but it felt like closeness.  I felt close to these people, like they were watching, watching all of us read about them and the life they leave behind. Where were you on September 11th?

Happy Monday


1 comment:

  1. I loved Build-a-Bear as a kid! I actually even had my 12th birthday there. I seriously cannot wait until Rory is born and I can take her there but I've thought about possibly going there before she is born and Jesse and I making her a bear with a personalized recording of our voices.

    On 9/11, I was in 5th grade at lunch. One of the lunch ladies started freaking out. She didn't speak English very well and from what I could make out, it sounded like she said a plane crashed in the far wing of our school. Crazy, I know, but that's what I thought she had said. School was dismissed early and my mom told me what had happened when she picked me and my friend up.



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