I've never blogged about 9/11 before, despite it being one of the most terrifying days of my life.
You see, I was working on Capitol Hill the day the terrorists struck, and like thousands of others, had to flee a building we thought may be attacked. I'll never forget my easygoing, unflappable Chief of Staff running into a meeting I was having and saying, "grab your purse and get the hell out of here." His fiancee had witnessed the Pentagon attack, quickly called him and remarkably, my office was able to get out before there was traffic gridlock. In fact, as I drove down 395 that morning, the fire trucks and emergency vehicles were still arriving on the scene at the Pentagon.
I still remember the weather that day. It was absolutely beautiful. And as I type this from my back porch, the weather is hauntingly similar. Blue skies. Low humidity. Temperature in the 70s, absolutely gorgeous. Quite the juxtaposition to events of the day.
So forgive me for abandoning my prepared post on Zucchini Alfredo...I will post that tomorrow. But for today, I am very, very, very thankful for those who protect our freedom, and pray for continued peace for those families who experienced tragic loss 8 years ago today.