Bringing Joy on September 11th
September 11th, 2001 – This is what I remember.
Christy, my friend and partner apprentice woke me up, maybe not super gently. I was sleeping the exhausted sleep of someone who had been up all night at a birth. I was sleeping in the green room, on top of the quilt and with my shoes on. I could hear the freshly born baby crying in the pink room next to me as it learned the ways of nursing and fussing.
Christy told me what was happening in New York, and in the haze of disbelief, we quickly got dressed, brushed teeth and washed our faces in cold water. We posed for a picture with baby girl in the pink room and our director and senior midwife EDG hurried to the supermarket to buy food.
When things were difficult or hard, her response was to feed everyone…. so we loaded plates and plates of food out in the waiting room of the Birth Center. We continued the morning as planned, and then cancelled the rest of the day to head over to Elizabeth’s house and watch the footage of planes on the news. Here in New Mexico it felt so far away…..
Today…..12 years later. Anastasia turns 12 and a new baby girl is born, bringing beauty and joy to another family in this world. Step by step we can find peace instead of war.