Never forget to laugh

Never forget Bretagne search dog in New York City
Bretagne, the last known living 9/11 search-and-rescue dog, was honored for her service and given a 16th birthday celebration on Sept. 4, 2015.

It’s September 11, and everywhere you look are somber signs and posts to never forget the tragic day where evil took a grave toll on our nation.

From the flags flying at half-staff this morning on the drive to take my son to daycare to the numerous moments of silence on radio stations and posts across social media, it’s been quite a melancholy┬áday.

One friend shared a transcript of the voicemail from a husband on Flight 93 to his wife. It had me close to tears and immediately calling my husband to hear his voice and tell him I love him.

It’s important, though, to never forget that it is okay to be happy, to feel joy and to laugh, because to lose those things is to still let evil win. I would be willing to bet that many of the people who lost their lives that terrible day would want their families, their friends and others to live and find joy.

I already began posting positive or uplifting stories on what I’ve dubbed #FeelGoodFriday, and while I shared one #FeelGoodFriday story today, this next one was too good and too timely to keep to myself.

A friend who works for FEMA (thanks, Heather!) liked this video on Facebook. The last known living search and rescue dog that deployed to New York on 9/11 with her handler was treated to a fantastic trip back to the Big Apple.

It doesn’t take much to make me cry, but this story had me in tears again. It’s important, in the face of catastrophic and terrible events, to never forget that it is okay to be happy again. I hope this story brings some happiness to others, too.