Yesterday I blogged about maintaining our resolve against the evil that masterminded the 9/11 disaster. You can revisit that blog here.
On the way home from dropping my daughter at dance yesterday afternoon, I stopped in the farm market that I frequent, Stonehenge Farm Market, in Bullville NY at the five corners intersection of Route 302, Route 17K, and Lybolt Road to see this sign:
You see the market was bought by a local family last year that was touched deeply by the tragedy of the World Trade Center. The wife lost her brother, a NY Firefighter, in the collapse and her husband also a firefighter, spent many many days in the aftermath searching for his fallen brother in law and others lost that terrible day. The husband suffers today, as more than 70% of the first responders do, from lung problems that have forced his retirement from the FDNY and curtailed his abilities to do many things. They are the parents of three children and have managed to involve themselves in several local business ventures including the farm market. They are deeply involved in our local communities and always seem to have a good attitude in spite of the cards they were dealt on that fateful day. I will be thinking of them and those like them today. There are many first responders and their families that continue to suffer from this tragedy.
We can not forget that there are those in the world who will never just want to reach out and shake our hands. These evil forces will not rest until we defeat them or we no longer exist. In a world where many of us think in terms of the golden rule and believe that we can all reach common ground if we talk reasonably there exist others who will never join us in a group hug!
Some of the beautiful flowers available at the Stonehenge Farm Market
Here is part of the five corner intersection in Bullville, NY.