12 September 2006
September 2001 and Comfort Food
I did not post anything about the events of September 2001 here yesterday for fear of getting too political. Seeing so many related posts from other bloggers made me wonder if that was the right decision.
That is not to suggest I do not share the sadness of fellow bloggers who did say something about it. Nor should it be construed as a lack of caring or concern for those who lost their lives, those who were injured and those who lost loved ones on that horrible day.
As a journalist, I was on the run constantly during that week of September. Our job was to bring the story home to small-town America. For a time we worked longer-than-usual days, talking to local people who lived in New York City or Washington, or those who were taking action to help emergency workers or New Yorkers or anyone who was directly affected by the heinous acts of that day.
At night, I must admit, I took refuge in comfort food: Meatloaf with mashed potatoes, cooked carrots and beets, cheese sandwiches and creamy soups. Fall is a good time for such foods, but that particular fall I found I needed them more than usual.
One thing I learned was to live life to the fullest. That lesson was compounded 18 months later when my husband faced a serious medical condition that required surgery.
In the aftermath of these events, I learned to enjoy today and I reaffirmed my decision to lead an ethics-based life.
And that's really all I have to say.
P.S. But wait, there's more. If you haven't already, please check the recipe for September Soup at Christine Cooks. There is always something good cooking over at Christine's, and she describes the beauty of September perfectly.