A September To Remember

Blog 2529 -09.29.2022

A September To Remember

A hurricane across southern Florida, frost on the tomatoes in Wisconsin, and even a cool morning or two in Houston, this has been a September to remember, but then haven’t they all? When I was a boy growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, school always started the day after Labor Day and after a long hot summer the chance to experience cooler breezes, to meet new teachers, new friends and to be reunited with old friends, tried and true, made each September something to look forward to and to remember.

I am glad and grateful for all the Septembers I have known thus far even 9/11. That was a day of tragedy for many, a day of the darkest revenge for some, and a day that lead to far more death and destruction over the years that followed. President Roosevelt in asking Congress to make a declaration of war against Japan spoke of that fateful day, December 7th, 1941 as “a day that will live in infamy.” And so we remember Pearl Harbor Day, 9/11, and the day Confederate held cannons fired upon Fort Sumter and the war that took almost a million American soldiers lives and and left many more maimed for life in this country.

Bad stuff happens everyday, but thankfully most of it does not rise to the level of being memorialized by whole nations or the world. In the wonderful Disney song from the live action Beauty and the Beast movie, the question is asked and answered, “How does a moment last forever?”

In the course of the lovely arrangement and beautiful lyrics are these words as well, “We have to know some bad times or our lives are incomplete.” We knew that when we bought our tickets on this ride of a lifetime.

In a couple of days September 2022 will be relegated to the history books, with it’s wars, hurricanes, deaths sure, but also it’s triumphs and good days as well, “and still our song lives on.”

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White


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