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.