We went to Church today, it is time for Tyler to start classes for his first communion. Near the Church on the St.Lawrence campus was a sea of mini American Flags. The music before church was very patriotic. The kids said "What is going on, this is not church music?" I said "Today is September 11. It has been 10 years." Arael knowingly said "ohhhh" Tyler remained a little confused but he really couldn't focus anyway. He drew pictures all through mass and gave one to each of us. It's actually a good thing because otherwise he would talk all through (I have no idea where he gets that from) One of the last pictures he drew was of a man falling to the ground from the sky. I said "what is that?" He said "A man jumped from an airplane." I said "Where is his parachute?" So he gave him a parachute and drew in the plane. They were coming around for he collection and Ty says "I'm gonna put this in there." I said "No, Tyler you can't. Do you know what happened 10 years ago today?" He looked confused so I continued. "Today we are remembering that terrorists flew 2 plans into 2 buildings in NYC and a lot of people died." He looked like I slapped him. He said, "Well, then this is offensive." "Yep, buddy it is." I never talked to him about it. It's just a coincidence that he drew a man jumping from an airplane, or is it? Tyler never ceases to amaze me.
We went to dinner a few weeks back and we were talking about my grandmother. Tyler says "Oh, Ya I know her. I've met her." Now let me back up a minute. About 3 years ago Tyler drew a picture and he came to me and said "Mom, doesn't that look like Elvis." I said "well, ya, but how do you know who Elvis is?" He said, "I know Elvis mom, I've met him." I said," Tyler, Elvis dies before you were born, he died before I was born. There is no way you can know Elvis." "Yes, mom, I know Elvis." I let it go figuring my mother-in-law showed him a picture since he spent a lot of time with her and she is a fan. When I asked her she said she had never mentioned Elvis to Tyler. hmmmm? Okay back to grandma.
So Tyler says "Oh, ya I know Grandma I met her." I said "Tyler there is no way you could have met her, she died before any of you kids were born." He said, "No, mom, I know I have met her." Again, I let it go. He seemed so convinced. Arael decided to chime in. "He probably does mom, after all he knows Elvis."
Today is also, Grandparents Day. The boys and Matt went with Grandpa Dave to golf. Arael went to a friends and I find myself alone with a dog that has been acting very squirrely. Not sure what that's about. I am jumpy enough without a dog that is freaking out. But I digress....
I am headed to Buffalo on Wednesday and then to the Valley. I am not sure how I will handle seeing all that has happened there with the flood. You see stuff like that on the T.V. all the time and as one of my friends said, "you never imagine it will be in your back yard".
I hope everyone has a good week and for those of you in recovery mode, my thoughts and prayers are with you. The most soothing words you can hear right now are "I know how you feel, I have been where you are." I speak from experience. It is nice to know that you are not alone. If you can see someone who has gone though this and know that they are okay, it gives you hope. Hope is your best friend right now.