The anniversary of 9/11 if always a time of reflection. It’s coupled with my late husband’s death date of 9/13. I find it to be an emotional season and a bit heavy at times, but I know it’s coming so it’s easier to flow through it.
I’ve been reading more books – some via audio books (reminder to download and listen to my audio books 😁) One book I listened to was, by Jim DeFede. It’s the story of kindness and generosity on 9/11/2001. When the planes hit the World Trade Center towers, all flights needed to be grounded ASAP. Many planes were sent to Gander, Newfoundland. The people of Gander (population 10,000) and the surrounding towns welcomed the 6,800 passengers (and pets) with open arms. They provided everything they could to help and comfort those that unexpectedly wound up in Newfoundland. The impact of the kindness will be felt for generations. There is a musical called “Come Away” that is based on their story. I would highly recommend the book.
Somehow I came across Sir Nicolas Winton on the internet. He’s known for organizing the rescue of 669 Czech children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia during the 9 months before war broke out in 1939. I’m fascinated by him. He lived to be 106 years old and even at 105 he had his wits about him and had very profound things to say about life. When he was in his 20’s and working as a stockbroker in London, he understood that if something wasn’t done, people would die. He setup shop in Prague and managed to export and re-home all of those children, who would never see their parents again. He never told anyone or discussed it for 50 years until his wife found an old scrapbook with the names of the children. He was reunited with some of the children via a TV show, “That’s Life." It’s such a touching story. I’m really looking forward to seeing a new movie starring Anthony Hopkins coming out in January called, “One Life."
Both of these stories inspire me and, during the doldrums, give me hope. One thing I am sure of is that out of tragedy comes kindness. I taught my kids that if you can, you do. Generosity can even come in the form of a smile.
Let’s chat soon.