This morning I sat with my cup of coffee and watched the names of the victims of 9/11 being read at the World Trade Center Memorial. I saw politicians speak, and I watched the families of the victims gather together to mourn and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. Children, missing parents. Husbands missing wives. Has it really been a full decade since that day that changed the world?
As we continue to cope and wrap our heads around this tragedy and the passing of time, many people are speaking out, on Facebook, Twitter, the internet and media of all kinds. Nine Eleven: Never Forget. How have we changed as a nation? As a world? What does the war on terror took like today, as opposed to ten years ago? What are we as Americans to take from this, and how are we to proceed in a post-9/11 world? What has changed in all of us, and what has remained the same? What has been been lost, and what has been strengthened and preserved?
This afternoon I read one of my usual Sunday blogs, Cakewrecks. Cakewrecks is a blog about “when professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong”, written by husband and wife team John and Jen. I’ve been reading the blog for years, and one of my favorite features is the Sunday Sweets. Each Sunday, they post a bunch of gorgeous professional cakes that showcase the other side of the Cakewrecks- when professional bakers do a wonderful job, and create the gorgeous, fun, and stunning works of cake artistry.
This week, the theme was on 9/11. But rather than taking a mournful, solemn tone, Jen decided to make today’s Sunday Sweets about pure joy. Because, as she writes, it is “not because we don’t honor our heroes, or mourn their loss, but because joy and beauty are their own tribute- and we could all use a smile today.”
Go check it out: www.cakewrecks.com
Look at the colors! The piping! The adorable owl with the paisley wings! The fabulous “Up” cake covered in balloons!! The flowers, the donuts, the silliness, the life and love and just plain fun. And just try not to grin, even a little.
I love the message the author has put forward here, and I finally understand what I want to say for today- something that is important, and meaningful, and real. We are all sad today. But just for a few moments, go do something that makes you happy. Tell someone you love them. Call your mom, or sit outside in the sun with a glass of iced tea, or play with your dog. Because today, of all days, we are reminded of just how brief and precious the gossamer strands of our lives really are. And when we suffer a tragedy that snuffs out so many lives in an instant, we can truly understand the importance of celebrating and cherishing each moment we are given. And I cannot think of a better tribute than that.