Thirteen years ago today, I was in a U.S. History class, watching the news and waiting for class to start.
Thirteen years ago, my second eldest sister and her husband were getting ready to fly out to their new posting in Germany.
Thirteen years ago, my eldest niece was my only niece and she was barely learning how to crawl.
Thirteen years ago, for the first time in my life, I feared losing not just my sister, but my brother-in-law.
Thirteen years ago, I prepared for my niece to possibly have to live with us and without her parents.
Thirteen years ago, their posting didn’t change, but their way to get to it did.
Thirteen years ago, my sister’s family had to drive across the country and catch a military flight instead of a commercial one.
I am thankful this day not only for those who died saving people from harm, not only for those who continue to fight and protect today, but also for the knowledge that my niece didn’t have to pay the same price that so many other children have had to.
Thank you to all those who work towards the safety of not only citizens of this country, but others as well.
These are her children, two of which were born several years after September 11, 2001.
Make sure to read the original Thankful Thursday as well.