Enchantment in a 5 and 10-Cent Store

Written by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

The other night as my mind was wandering, at perhaps 3:00 AM, I had a lovely encounter withrepparttar past. I was remembering some wanderings of late childhood. I was about ten or eleven andrepparttar 126261 magic journey was a bus that took me downtown Bridgeport.

The first part ofrepparttar 126262 magic journey was just waiting forrepparttar 126263 bus all by myself. I felt very grown-up and by today's standards I was! I would lockrepparttar 126264 house, put my key on a string around my neck, hide it, and walkrepparttar 126265 two blocks to wait byrepparttar 126266 telephone pole forrepparttar 126267 bus. Whenrepparttar 126268 public bus came I got on, said "Hello" torepparttar 126269 driver--who I recognized from lots of trips--paid and sat down. I always sat up front, liking to be near him, just in case I needed help. Then I would read. Usually I had a great book with me, maybe Little House onrepparttar 126270 Prairie or Nancy Drew. Whatever it was, time flew and before I knew it, I was stepping offrepparttar 126271 bus on Main Street.

The downtown streets of Bridgeport seemed so busy and crowded! I was not afraid though. I knew my destination. Inside of my pocket I clutched my few dollars and made straight for my enchanted castle. There it was--the 5 and 10-cent store in all of its glory! A perfect palace! I had a wonderful food counter with stools that swirled around if I was hungry. I could just hop up and order anything I wanted--an ice cream soda or a hamburger. I had a bathroom so I didn't need to feel desperate, and I had this whole glorious store to walk around. The endless aisles withrepparttar 126272 glass counters just full of items to touch and dream about! There was a make-up aisle and I could imagine ahead a few years. I loved to look atrepparttar 126273 colors of make-up and especiallyrepparttar 126274 lipsticks. How would I look all dolled up--beautiful, yes? Then there wasrepparttar 126275 pocketbook and wallet aisle. That was fun, andrepparttar 126276 candy aisle and even house-wares was interesting.

Disenchantment All Around -- America under Siege

Written by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

I can only imagine that many of you are in shock, as I have been also this week. Today, listening onrepparttar radio as I drove, I heard it reported that 'Andy' supplied many American flags down by what wasrepparttar 126260 World Trade Center. When asked about his donated flags, he simply said, "I save people, I save their spirits." I think that he captures what has to be each of our bottom lines, in what we offer ourselves and others. We need to think in terms of 'saving' spirits. This means our own spirits as well as being there for others.

Eventually new buildings will be built but it is reallyrepparttar 126261 human capacity to stay uplifted andrepparttar 126262 spirit to do so that is so precious and hard to hold on to in moments of 'terror'.

For me, although I didn't directly lose a loved one or friend, I found myself since Tuesday A.M. grieving and feeling traumatized. New York City has been my city for many years -- I went to college there, I saw my first Broadway show there, I return there often -- almost every week for classes, appointments, eating out, etc. In fact, just last Thursday I was walking down by Canal Street because I had two appointments right nearrepparttar 126263 World Trade Center. It was such a beautiful, sunny late summer day. I was feeling so good, healthy and really aware of my good fortune. I would just stand at different corners and look around atrepparttar 126264 stores,repparttar 126265 trendy restaurants and of course up atrepparttar 126266 skyline. I was so impressed with how clean and how safe it felt to be even in lower Manhattan! It was an Enchanted Moment for me.

How ironic! So my heart goes out to all of us. If we could, we should hug each other, hold hands and feelrepparttar 126267 warm of life that is so precious. The computer hasn't gone that far but we can each come up with some way to help save our spirits!

I also wanted to share with you what has really helped me this past week. I think I have taken consolation inrepparttar 126268 wonderful touching stories of miracles and acts of kindness that have come out of this tragedy. For instance, I heard aboutrepparttar 126269 men who carried another person down fifteen flights of stairs who broke his ankle onrepparttar 126270 way down! I sawrepparttar 126271 video camera recording that a physician made as he walked throughrepparttar 126272 ashes offering assistance afterrepparttar 126273 cloud of ash and debris literally overtook him. Talk about picking yourself up and just carrying on! I heard aboutrepparttar 126274 woman who 'accidentally' set her clock for 6:15 P.M. instead of 6:15 A.M. I heard about so many Jewish men who missed being there as they were late due to special prayers that are said one week prior to Rosh Hashanah. I heard aboutrepparttar 126275 man who sat down and finished his reading becauserepparttar 126276 elevator was too full -- just whenrepparttar 126277 plane hit. I heard aboutrepparttar 126278 fireman that literally rode down, like a roller coasterrepparttar 126279 collapse ofrepparttar 126280 building and went down eighty something flights with only a broken leg. I've heard about Blood Banks full -- unheard of! So many miracles! So many acts of kindness!

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