Grace's Mosaic Moments

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Ray of Light on 9/11

 It's good to be back after a rather busy two weeks, which included a wedding and reception that went off like clockwork, thanks to the hard work of a lot of people, most particularly the bride and groom! (And I admit to arranging something like sixteen vases of flowers for the reception!) But the Southwest flights to and from Connecticut almost put me off flying forever. (Not all SW's fault, but I'm definitely not a fan.)

Back to Florida and a four-day cruise to the Bahamas, featuring a concert by Journey, which I heard from my cabin when they rehearsed in the theater directly beneath my room! As always, the change was great - also the food - but I'm glad to be home. I immediately grabbed my car keys and went to liberate Squeak (my kitten) from the Cattery. She's named Squeak because she doesn't meow, she squeaks. But you should have heard her howl when I picked her up. I couldn't tell if she was glad to see me or furious because I left her.

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Riley (11) and Cassidy (9) were the final act in Woodland's Elementary's chorus program for 2016. They nailed it! Remembered everything Mommy taught them, including Cassidy looking at her watch as she held out the long-long note! I hope you'll take a moment to watch them do the famous duet, "I Can Do Anything Better Than You!" from the classic musical, Annie Get Your Gun.

For Riley & Cassidy's duet,  click here.
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 Below is a story I found on Facebook this week - Janet Wright's photo (& presumably story) posted by my old friend, Judy Gwinn (from the many years I lived in Venice, FL, on the Gulf Coast). I had never heard this moving story of a ray of light on a terrible day and hope you will appreciate it as much as I did.

Our military Heros...
Janet Wright
AFTER FLIGHT 77 hit the Pentagon on 9/11, the following incident occurred:
A chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, told of an incident that never made the news. A daycare facility inside the Pentagon had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do. There were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as the infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs.
There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers. Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing what the center director was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared. The director thought, "Well, here we are, on our own."
About 2 minutes later, that Marine returned with 40 other Marines in tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest started gathering up toddlers. The director and her staff then helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward the park near the Potomac.
Once they got about 3/4 of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park, and then did a fabulous thing - they formed a circle with the cribs, which were quite sturdy and heavy, like the covered wagons in the Old West. Inside this circle of cribs, they put the toddlers, to keep them from wandering off. Outside this circle were the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting for instructions. There they remained until the parents could be notified and come get their children.
The chaplain then said, "I don't think any of us saw nor heard of this on any of the news stories of the day. It was an incredible story of our men there.” There wasn't a dry eye in the room. The thought of those Marines and what they did and how fast they reacted; could we expect any less from them? It was one of the most touching stories from the Pentagon. It's the Military, not the politicians that ensures our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag. If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women, who have served and are currently serving our country, and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

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Probable topic for next week: WHY I LOVE E-BOOKS!

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