Today is September 11, 2015 or as many people say, 911. Grownups have serious memories about what happened on this day in 2001. I wasn’t even born then so I only know what people tell me about it. What I do know is that I am very proud to be an American! My ancestors were from Wales but I was born right here in the good old USA! I feel good every time I look at our flag because I have learned about history and the things that make our country so great!
From what I hear about 911, some people decided to try to hurt us here in our own country and that was pretty scary. The good part is that we are so much more prepared for those kinds of things now. I guess we got much smarter. Just like there are good people, there are also bullies in the world.
Bullies seem to try to hurt people and the victims need to get smarter so that they can take care of themselves better. Lots of times, bullies think that they are smarter and stronger and they think that the rules don’t apply to them. Guess what? They are wrong!
Every time someone helps the victim of a bully and every time a victim stands up to a bully, the bullies lose their strength and that’s a good thing. It is the same with the bullies from 9-11 and the same for other bullies. Even though we are kids, we can do things that will make the world a better place just by being kind and helping out those who need support in our own schools and neighborhoods.
Today is a special day to honor our soldiers because they are doing all they can to support our people and our country so there won’t be another 911. It’s so important to say “thank you” to everyone who helps us in any way. I love to say “thank you.” How about you?
My human mom was listening to some people talk about what words to use wen meeting new people.They were talking about wanting to make good impressions with their words. My mom said that people remember how you make them feel and not about your exact words.
I thought about that a lot and I know she is right. Do you want to know why? Well I’ll tell you. When I mess up on something, she knows what to do to make me feel better. I can’t remember the words she uses but I sure know how she makes me feel.
There is a great story she tells about getting lost after a conference one night in Philadelphia. It was at about 10 PM and she thought she remembered the parking garage where she parked her car but it wasn’t there. After seeing that there were many more nearby garages, she worried that she might not find it. She went to a hotel lobby and asked a man to help her. It was wintertime and she was cold and tired. The man’s name was George and he tried to help her find it but they couldn’t find her car.
George told her of someone who might be able to help her and they went to see Juan. George told Juan the situation and my human mom and Juan set out to find the car. It was after midnight. They walked from garage to garage and didn’t give up. Finally they found the car. My mom was so relieved and she and Juan exchanged phone numbers so that they could meet again.
People asked my mom after that happened how she dared to wander around the streets of Philadelphia in the middle of the night with two strangers. She said, “I don’t remember what they said but they made me feel safe. They made me feel like they cared. They made me feel like they were my friends.”
Guess what? They were and still are!