Stars and Stripes Forever

Charlie and I crafted our own version of “Old Glory” this morning at 7:30 am, before school began. He helped with the stripes while I focused on the stars….It seemed like a respectful + loving thing to do.

I was in New York City on business on September 11, 2001. So was Rob’s sister, Anne (the talented artist behind the Platypus People illustrations + the new paper goods line, Azuline), who lived there. Rob was trying to arrange a meetup via email because phone lines were overloaded.

But so much was happening in the hours that followed that, last minute, I hitched a ride out of beloved Manhattan with a friend’s father. I also told the hotel room to give my room away to whoever needed it + paid for it for the rest of the week. So many families were stranded. It was overwhelming in ways I simply can not express here….

Today, I can’t help but think how incredible it would have been to have made my way to Anne’s apartment on that particular Tuesday to spend time with someone that now – 11 years later – is such a special friend.

Instead I pretty much went it alone cross-country, meeting some really nice people along the way. A story for another day that involved several rental cars + an Amtrak train ride of a lifetime. When I finally arrived home to San Francisco, I had a lot of miles under my belt and hundreds of hours of solo soulful reflection about the beauty, unexpectedness, unpreparedness and fragility of life.

I love the Big Apple.

I love America.

I am waving my flag high in the sky! (And for Anne too. She loves flags.)

God bless the USA and the heroes who walk with us – and those who peer down upon us.

I am eternally grateful….Thank you.


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