Yes, this is a Freshly Made Sketches post but please bear with me…it is also a memorial post for the heroes of 9-11. For those who have been following me for a while, I have written September 11th post for the last three years. You can read them here: 9th Anniversary, 10th Anniversary and 11th Anniversary. Every year at this time I find myself reflecting on the events of that terrible day and the many challenges that have come since. The biggest challenge we face today in the industry is complacency. When these events first happened, everyone was on heightened alert. Today, the hassles of security and the inconveniences of the airport annoy us and tend to make us forget the why.
But the why is NOT forgotten by some. Every single time I taxi into Boston Logan Airport, I see an American flag flying at gate C-19. It stands there as a reminder of United Flight 175 that left there on the morning of September 11th. I catch my breath every single time.
The why is NOT forgotten by Ellen Saracini, a widow from that same flight. She is working on a bill in Congress to mandate secondary barriers on commercial airliners. You see, eventually during flight pilots do have to be able to come out of the flight deck and these barriers provide a line of safety for all passengers and crew. The bill is called the Saracini Aviation Act. The airlines do not want to spend the money for this but it is simply the right thing to do. Mrs. Saracini is fighting to protect anyone from suffering what she has suffered.
I can promise you that I have NOT forgotten and I know that many of you have not either. Let’s make sure as we go through this day that we say thank you to first responders and military heroes who protect us every day. Make sure we hug our family members extra tight in honor of those who can’t. Make sure we show an extra measure of kindness to all around us because those people are what matter most.
I guess it doesn’t take much to figure out my inspiration for today’s card. The Soft Sky print from Sweater Weather DSP was perfect for my background. I thought the Crushed Curry print was the perfect complement. This sketch is courtesy of the lovely Jen Brum and it really is wonderful. I find myself a little off every year at this time and watercoloring is one of my favorite ways to find focus. This flower from Simply Sketched fit my mood perfectly.
Thanks so much for stopping in today. I appreciate you for sticking through my ponderings and I thank you for being so supportive of my work. If you missed it, I have my Artisan Design Team card that went up a bit earlier. Please take a moment to remember today and to be grateful for the blessings in your life.
In memory of:
United 93: Jason Dahl, LeRoy Homer, Lorraine Bay, Sandra Bradshaw, Wanda Green, CeeCee Lyles, Deorah Welsh
United 175: Victor Saracini, Michael Horrocks, Robert Fangman, Amy Jarret, Amy King, Kathryn Laborie, Alfred Marchand, Michael Tarrou, Alicia Titus
American 11: John Ogonowski, Thomas McGuinness, Barbara Arestegui, Jeffrey Collman, Sara Low, Karen Martin, Kathleen Nicosia, Betty Ong, Jean D. Roger, Dianne Snyder, Amy Sweeney
American 77: Charles Burlingame III, David Charlebois, Michele Heidenberger, Jennifer Lewis, Kenneth Lewis, Renee May