Every year when we decorate the Christmas tree there is One ornament that causes me to stop and take a moment. This ornament was bought in 2000 from Top of the World, the gift shop at the top of the World Trade Tower. In March 2000 we spent a magical day at the top of the tower, waiting for sunset and then viewing New York in all of its glittering glory as the lights came on. Our then-4 year old gave us goose-bumps as he planted his face and hands against the enormous windows and looked down to the world below.
As the towers came down in 9/11 we watched in horror from our home now back in Australia. For some stupid reason, I kept thinking of all the items in that gift shop now lost in the inferno, pieces scattered as ash across the city. My son cried at night for months after that horrific day; even as a child on the other side of the planet there was no escape from the images and the conversation. No doubt he also was remembering our amazing day at the Top, and the fun week we spent staying at the World Trade Marriott Hotel below. So we all stop and pause as this precious Christmas ornament comes out of its box once again and is placed carefully towards the top of the Christmas tree, out of harm’s way from the Christmas mayhem that tends to occur around the tree. Some years I shed I tear, I always say a little prayer, and for a brief moment each year this ornament hangs in view amongst the festivities as a reminder that life goes on, reflecting the light of our candles of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy.