January 24. Everyone has a date that sticks with them, and January 24th is mine. (Or at least one of them….my kids’ birthdays are up there too.)

Each anniversary brings different emotions: some hard, some sad, some happy, some stronger than others. This year, the anniversary brought snow. Yesterday, a record amount of snow fell in our area.

This is relevant for a couple of reasons:
1) The snow caused our accident, and I will never see snow, or drive in snow, and not think about January 24.
2) All churches are closed today; the city has asked everyone to stay off the road for emergency vehicles and plowers. This will be the first January 24 that I have not attended mass. So if you are going and you read this, say a little prayer for our team. We can all pray at home as well.

As I scrolled through social media this morning, there is a twitter feed called “Today in ND History” that tweets out ND events from years past. A few years ago, they started this twitter feed because of the anniversary of our team’s bus accident. This all plays into what can make this anniversary emotional for me.

A few days ago, I started receiving text messages and emails: Thinking of you; thinking of your team; sending love; 24 years wow!
One of my favorite journal entries is from September 1992: It’s been 8 months since the accident, and I can’t believe how many people still care.

It’s been 24 years since our accident, and I am still moved by how many people still care. Thank you. My emotions are ones of gratitude.