Repost: Remembering September 11

This post was originally published on Sept. 11, 2013.  While I did not have lunch with my Daddy today, the sentiments are exactly the same.

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t remember what today was when I woke up.  I knew it was Wednesday, and I knew I was running late.  I didn’t remember which Wednesday it was until I saw the traffic headed into DC for all of the memorial events.  And then I saw all of the Facebook posts and radio spots and TV remembrances  talking about what happened and what they remember about that day.

I really don’t remember that much about September 11, 2001.  I was in 7th grade– eleven years old.  I was sitting in Ms. Gregory’s earth science class when the office called and said my mom was there to pick me up.  I remember being really confused because usually when my mom picked me up early she told me ahead of time. Even when she told me and my sister what had happened, that the trade centers and the Pentagon had been hit, I really didn’t understand.

The only thing I remember vividly from that day was that we got Taco Bell take out and sat in the kitchen around the radio listening to the updates (we didn’t have a tv). I knew that my Mama was very upset and worried and crying.  She would pick up the phone that was sitting next to her on the first ring; when it wasn’t my Dad, she would immediately hang up.  I knew that my Daddy worked in DC and something bad had happened there.  At points they were reporting that a bomb had gone off at the State Department, where my Daddy worked.   When Mama talked to my Aunt, who worked at the Department of Interior in DC, she said that she heard the bomb go off at the State Dept.

September 11th changed the fabric of the world.  It changed the fabric of my world.  I have been to Ground Zero in New York and the Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania.  I go through the Pentagon everyday on my way to and from work.  I see the scars that September 11th has left on this country.  I mourn the horrible, senseless loss of life that day and everyday sense then because of those acts.

But today, this September 11th, I didn’t visit any memorials or go to any assemblies or speeches.  Today, at lunch, I walked out of my office and down the street and I had lunch with my Daddy at Subway.  And I thanked God that he was still here so I could have lunch with him.   12 years ago he walked into the front door that night. And that is what I remember, really remember, from September 11th.

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Literary Wedding Decor

 

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Last week I shared some of my favorite literary love quotes with you, and this week I wanted to show you some cool ways I’ve found to decorate with books and bookish quotes at the wedding (or shower or book club or whatever!).  For more ideas, check out my Pinterest board “A Bookish Wedding“.

One easy way to add your favorite literary (or non-literary) quotes into your wedding is to include them on your table numbers at the reception.  You can also add a stack of vintage books to make it even more of a literary feast.

table numbersTop Left: No Source.  Anybody know where this is from?; Top Right: Some Kind of Lovely Ride; Middle: Little Lots on Etsy, no longer available; Bottom: One Love Photo (this whole wedding is a beautiful literary themed one)

You could also frame or create unique artwork out of your quotes that you can use as decoration at the wedding and then in your home after as a reminder of your special day. I am all for things that have use after the wedding and won’t just sit in a closet.  I actually have several canvasses that are the size of the ones used in the right hand project.  I may do something like this when we move into our new apartment.

artLeft: Inspiration for Moms; Right: This Humble Home

I hate guestbooks that are just a book that will get stuck in a box in a closet and never looked at, so I think these posters are great to be used as a  guestbook and then framed and hung in your home as art.  You can have people sign around them or on the poster itself.  So many possibilities for creativity! I’m especially fond of the middle one.

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Top: Spineless Classics; Middle: SaraAart on Etsy; Bottom: Novel Poster

I you want or need (like me- my fiance is distinctly not a reader, which honestly is probably good since our apartment would not hold another book collection like mine) to have a less overt literary homage in your wedding festivities, here are some great ideas for using book pages in your celebration and decor.  If you can’t handle books being dismantled, you probably want to skip this part!

pagesTop Left: The Paper Walrus on Etsy; Top Right: New Nostalgia (sorry I don’t have the link to the exact post)

Middle Left: Flickr; Middle Right: Coffeebooksandoxygen.tumblr (again, sorry no actual post)

Bottom Left: OKIFOLKI on Etsy; Bottom Right: Simply Stoked

Of course, these barely scratch the suurface of all the millions of ideas out there.  How have you decorated with books or quotes or used them in weddings and events?

Wedding Wonderings: Literary Love Quotes

Sometimes there is no better way to say I love you than by quoting the greats.  Here are a few of my favorite declarations of love from literature.

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1. John Green, An Abundance of Katherines. I haven’t read this one yet, but the quote is beautiful.

“Here’s to all the places we went. And all the places we’ll go. And here’s to me, whispering again and again and again and again: I love you.”

2. Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights. I’ve never quite seen the appeal of Heathcliff or Cathrine, but the prose in this is lovely.

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

“If he loved you with all the power of his soul for a whole lifetime, he couldn’t love you as much as I do in a single day.”

Wuthering Heights 1939Wuthering Heights, 1939, United Artists

3. A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.”

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4. F. Scott Fitzgerald. I could do a whole post on amazing love quotes from him.

“They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.” – This Side of Paradise

“I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.”

“You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known—and even that is an understatement.”

5. Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast. I’ve never been a huge Hemingway fan, but I do really like this quote.

“We ate well and cheaply and and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.”

6. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre. The Bronte sisters had quite a way with romantic phrases.

“I ask you to pass through life at my side—to be my second self, and best earthly companion.”

mysecretlights.tumblr JE 2011Jane Eyre, 2011, Universal Pictures/Focus Features (mysecretlights.tumblr)

7. Oscar Wilde

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”

8. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.”

9. William Goldman, The Princess Bride. The list is not complete without this one.

“Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam. And wove, twue wove, wiww fowwow you fowevah and evah… So tweasuwe youw wove.”

Princess BrideEtsy, Khallion

10. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice. I know it is cliche, but it gives me the shivers every time a read it, it is so full of feeling and anguish and beauty.  It is the epitome of a declaration of love.

“…you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”

colinfirthPride and Prejudice, 1995, BBC 

If you are looking for longer readings from literature for a wedding ceremony, Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner has an awesome list.

What are your favorite literary love quotes?  How have you used them in your weddings or in other romantic ways?

Remembering

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t remember what today was when I woke up.  I knew it was Wednesday, and I knew I was running late.  I didn’t remember which Wednesday it was until I saw the traffic headed into DC for all of the memorial events.  And then I saw all of the Facebook posts and radio spots and TV remembrances  talking about what happened and what they remember about that day.

I really don’t remember that much about September 11, 2001.  I was in 7th grade– eleven years old.  I was sitting in Ms. Gregory’s earth science class when the office called and said my mom was there to pick me up.  I remember being really confused because usually when my mom picked me up early she told me ahead of time. Even when she told me and my sister what had happened, that the trade centers and the Pentagon had been hit, I really didn’t understand.

The only thing I remember vividly from that day was that we got Taco Bell take out and sat in the kitchen around the radio listening to the updates (we didn’t have a tv). I knew that my Mama was very upset and worried and crying.  She would pick up the phone that was sitting next to her on the first ring; when it wasn’t my Dad, she would immediately hang up.  I knew that my Daddy worked in DC and something bad had happened there.  At points they were reporting that a bomb had gone off at the State Department, where my Daddy worked.   When Mama talked to my Aunt, who worked at the Department of Interior in DC, she said that she heard the bomb go off at the State Dept.

September 11th changed the fabric of the world.  It changed the fabric of my world.  I have been to Ground Zero in New York and the Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania.  I go through the Pentagon everyday on my way to and from work.  I see the scars that September 11th has left on this country.  I mourn the horrible, senseless loss of life that day and everyday sense then because of those acts.

But today, this September 11th, I didn’t visit any memorials or go to any assemblies or speeches.  Today, at lunch, I walked out of my office and down the street and I had lunch with my Daddy at Subway.  And I thanked God that he was still here so I could have lunch with him.   12 years ago he walked into the front door that night. And that is what I remember, really remember, from September 11th.