(It’s Feb. 12th.)
Today we woke up to go to the 9/11 Memorial. I had never been to New York before 2001, so I never had the priveledge of seeing, in person, the skyline with the Twin Towers. After 10 years, they are in the process of building a memorial and rebuilding around the site of the attacks. It has a very ominous, yet peaceful feeling surrounding it. If you knew someone who died in the attacks, they have computers where you can look up your loved one and see exactly where their name is in the memorial. It gives a snippet about where they worked, where they were born, and how old they were along with a picture. The best part about it is that their family members could request that their names were engraved alongside certain people, so their names can eternally rest next to the ones in the attack that they were closest to. Once it’s finished, I think it will be a great place to visit and reflect.
On a lighter note, we did see a family with matching racing jackets with their names on them. The son’s name was Damien (you know your kid will probably be a little off if you name him Damien or Sebastian–hope that didn’t offend anyone) and the Dad’s name was Chucky. Crazy family. Bless their hearts. hahaha.
Lisa and I went on to visit the Natural History museum AND eat Falafel for the first time ever! Wow. We were totally into it. Also, it was the coldest day of the year so far. And it was cooooold. And windy. And Lisa didn’t have a warm jacket, so she took mine and made me wear hers so I could “sympathize” with her or something like that. Meanness. Just pure and simple meanness.
The Natural History Museum is a great place. We were there for 3 hours and didn’t even see half of it. It also has a “suggested admission” price, so you can pay whatever you want, or you can go in for free. The suggested admission is $20, but we paid $5. They have everything from Mexican artifacts and Native American dioramas to gorillas and nursing zebras. These are some of my favorite pictures from the museum trip.
Best part of the day. Seeing Dean and Deluca!!! (Ok, not really the best part, but still…) I could just see Felicity, Ben, and Javier working away talking about love and life.
We ended up at Nathan’s church and ate a potluck dinner there. Simple and quiet. Out of the hustle and bustle of the city. The worship and the message were both down to earth and just real and true. It was a great service.