Iowa Specialty Hospital

Notes from Steve

September 13, 2018

Holly and I were going back and forth from my office area to our then department, “Adult Day Care” (it’s where Accounts Payable is now) to watch the TV as the towers were going down.  I remember it clearly.  I remember calling my mom - who was battling cancer at the time to turn on the TV and watch what was going on in New York and Washington D.C.  It’s one of those moments that I’ll always remember where I was.  

The news last night talked about life before 9/11 and life after.  Our innocence and positive energy was replaced by fear and anger … The collective voice and culture shifted that morning in September 17 years ago.  We are different because of it.

In my life - there are times that I can go back in my mind and smell the air, feel the room, and remember the scene as if it were yesterday.  Those days probably represent something important - whether it was 9/11 or the death of parents … or a big important event in my life … these times left a lasting impression on my soul.  Some of the scenes are sad, some are happy, some momentous; all impactful.  

I think as I age I want to remember more of the good stuff. I want to take in the special times and relive them when necessary.  The times of death and tragedy, I’ll remember as those memories won’t be erased, but if I can crowd them out with joyous, happy “laugh until you cry” moments -- I think my life be fuller and better somehow.  A nice goal.

My car would have been stolen yesterday if I left my keys in it.  It was messed with - the middle storage thing was up, the glove compartment was open, the visor eschew … the seats in the back were up, and I had them down (I remember clearly) because I was hauling stuff.  Our “visitor” went through cars in the parking lot across from my office and because the HR gals (don’t mess with them) called the cops, the perp didn’t get very far.  Lock your cars people (me) and never leave your keys in your car - it will get nabbed, I guarantee.  

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