Our 9/11 Stories: Share Your Posts About September 11, 2001

Editor's note: Last year, we called for you to share your posts on the events of September 11, 2001. More than 200 bloggers responded. We're honoring this tradition again this year, and invite you to read these bloggers' stories and contribute your own. -- Julie We've seen a LOT of stories in the media about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93. We've also seen, and maybe felt, that many of us are sick of the story in the media. ...more
I've read so many amazing posts, stories, and tributes. Thank you for a creating a place to read ... more

In the Face of Change, I Still Sent Her to School

She was so incredibly excited to start preschool that morning. With a brother four years older, she already understood what school entailed. 9/11. And even though we Californians woke that morning to the crazy news that our nation was under attack, I felt the need to go on with this big day for my daughter. To move forward not as if nothing had happened, but as if what happened could never change our lives....more
I honestly don't know what I would have done Sherri. You clearly did the best thing for your ... more

The Promises We Make Our Bodies

We have been through so much together, you and me. In my much younger days, you were perkier and less lumpy. A fitting end to my giraffe-like legs that were also free of lumps and bumps, veins and baggy parts. In college, you were made for 501's and not much else. I could eat and eat, once cramming in 11 pizza burgers in the college cafeteria, and you wouldn't change a bit. ...more

...it's time to make peace with our butts! Or, in my case...the upper half...or lack ... more

Forgiving Myself for How I Got Here

I will not claim or embrace this body. It is not the way that I want it to be. But it is time to forgive myself for how I got here. A round stomach that stretched with three babies from the inside out. Thick arms that surrounded those babies with all of the warmth and protection that I could physically muster. And then some. And full legs that swayed many-a-sleepless-night to soothe their sweet souls to sleep. These thoughts are fluid, easy to accept as the battle wounds of motherhood. ...more

Beautiful...you, this post, your family...all of it.

Thank you for putting this into words ... more

The Rubik's Cube of True Talent

True talent. I have been tossing around the concept of true talent in children for a few years now, and what it means to me as a parent. I turn it over like a Rubik’s cube, over and over and over. I twist the blocks, first horizontally, then vertically, trying to solve it. ...more

This is a tough topic Gigi. I think about this a lot too. I didn't have the opportunity to ... more

Wide World of Sports and Autism

Kids on the spectrum generally have a hard time playing sports. My daughter was a late walker. She didn't start walking until she was over 19 months old. According to the physical therapist we were seeing, her core muscles were weak which is what caused the delay. At the time, nobody suspected autism. One physical therapist told us that this will always be an issue, but if we got her involved in things like swimming, dance, or gymnastics, it can make a huge difference! ...more

Not only is it wonderful to see you here, it's so awesome that your daughter has found a sport ... more

She Says, "But They're Home With You Now"

I have a condition. A condition called "pre-mourning." I don't call it that, my "expen$ive friend" *coughtherapistcough* does. The lovely lady that I pay a very pretty penny to sit across from me and chat tells me this is the condition I have. I lament the loss of what is to be whilst I have it sitting right in front of me. Pre-mourning. ...more

I am guilty of this too. I loved reading this the first time b/c it was such an eye opener. ... more

Just Your Everyday Super Model

I see you sizing me up in the grocery store, you sweet young thing. You may not be able to place this feeling quite yet, but I'll give it a name for you. Envy. ...more

I knew when I first read this amazing post that it belonged here. I'm so glad to see it here on ... more

Leaving for America

I could never have imagined it without a little help. In my child’s mind, I pictured a mound of sand, a palm tree (with coconuts!) and my grandparents clinging to it to survive. I spent weeks fretting about how we would swim there and alternatively about how we would all fit! ...more

This is just so beautiful though my heart aches for that little girl. I cannot imagine having to ... more

Detaching From the Crutch: On Parenting Advice and GPS

Driving through narrow, winding roads on a wet and cold afternoon, I wonder (silently) if we are going the right way. After our second near miss of a head on collision, I speak up. "This doesn't seem right," I finally say, more than a little perturbed. ...more

You said it so well. It can be tough to weed through the abundance of information out there, but ... more