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How Do I Choose the Best Professional Cleaning Service

Keeping your home clean can be an exhausting task, especially if you have to squeeze it in between the chaos and work and keeping your family in line. And if your life feels like it’s nothing but cleaning and tedious chores, perhaps it’s…

How to Keep Your Pool Clean Without Using Chemicals

The weather is getting hotter and hotter, and if you haven’t done it already, you are probably getting ready to open your pool and start the swimming season. Having a pool in your backyard is wonderful, but it requires quite some effort before you…

8 Ways to Make Food Shopping as a Parent More Bearable

No one is denying children aren’t the gift that keep on giving. But, as a parent, there are just some tasks in day to day adult life that shouldn’t be accompanied by kids. Namely the weekly food shop. Opening yourself up to a world of whining, potential tantrums and…

This is a guest post by Heather Jermak; mother of 3, an attorney, and New Orleans resident during Hurricane Katrina.

The 10th anniversary of September 11 is this Sunday. My 12 year old son was 2 on that fateful day, and unfortunately watched the towers fall on TV while I tried to reach loved ones in New York and Washington DC. For us, our family and friends were all okay but I still feel guilt about having my son watch that loop while I was on the phone. He doesn’t remember it now but he still thinks of 9/11 as a scary thing where we weren’t sure if the world was ending (we thought that again while living in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, but I digress…).

Now that he is older, 9/11 has become an even more complicated question and with two little sisters listening, I have stuggled to explain the “why” of 9/11 and how we heal. So I told my son about how when the towers fell, many firefighters and other first responders lost their lives trying to save others in the building. I said those men did their jobs and knew that their job was going to involve putting their lives in danger but they still did it.  My son knows exactly how many firefighters were killed that day, 343. Incidentally, an interesting and powerful example of the brotherhood of firefighters is when after Hurricane Katrina, our firehouse around the corner had 7-10 feet of water in it. The equipment was deemed useless and they lost everything until the NYC firefighters donated new trucks and equipment to help get the firehouse back to work. This dedicated NYC crew even drove the trucks down to New Orleans and gave $100,000 as well. Isn’t that incredible?

He thinks that their sacrifice is an amazing thing.  From our experience with Hurricane Katrina, we know how powerful anniversary dates can be.  We have also learned that the fastest path to healing is helping others.  So we decided that this Sunday, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, we were going to bring cookies to our local firefighters. It’s a small gesture but we want to make sure that our firefighters know that we care about them, honor their sacrifices and remember them.

Please join us in recognizing our local heroes and remembering 9/11 by sharing cookies (or a healthy alternative of your choice) with firefighters or police in your community. A little gesture that says a lot…please share this with your friends and do something special on Sunday to say thank you! Also, we would love to see photos or videos of you donating your cookies or other treats to your local firehouse (or police station)…so be sure to submit them here or on our Facebook page.

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