Ok. First of all, I'm in shock that it's going to be 2010 next year. I remember where I was on New Year's Eve, 1999. I was at my in-laws' house on a hillside near Los Angeles, playing pinochle. We had a bird's eye view of the valley below, poised to witness the massive Y2K power failure. Where were you in 1999?
Suddenly, it's nearly 10 years later--didn't that go by in a blink?
This month I am promoting a calendar featuring FDNY firefighters. Even now, years after 9/11, most fire departments across the country carry some sort of emblem or remembrance of those who died on that day. The 11th is coming up, and every year I think back to that morning, casually turning on the t.v. before I headed off to work. I remember the gut-wrenching horror and pain as I cried over and over, "What about the firefighters? Please tell me they got out! Please tell me they got out!!" It makes me emotional just thinking about it. I can't get through that day without realizing how risky my firefighter's job can be.
I will never forget.
(I can't get through that day without wishing my dad a happy birthday, either.)
In honor of those on the other side of the continent whom we remember this time of year, I bring you the 2010 FDNY calendar. Proceeds will benefit the Staten Island Burn Center.
Thank you, firefighters of New York, and thank you to the wives and families of those who fell that day. I think about your sacrifice and valor more often than you realize.