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Monday, September 11, 2006

A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling a chill whenever today's date crops up in research—even if it's Sept. 11, 1834. But imagine being a kid who has to carry around the birth date Sept. 11, 2001, for the rest of her life.

[Susan Gurspan] said her daughter, Marcy, is not aware that her birth date has a greater significance. Marcy planned to have a princess-themed party at a gymnasium Sunday and a kindergarten party with cupcakes today.

It can be difficult when some people learn of Marcy's birthday date and forget that they are speaking in front of a child, Gurspan said.

"They say, 'Oh my goodness. How terrible. What a terrible time. What a terrible date.' I'm usually quite mortified," Gurspan said. "I usually say immediately, 'Well, we look at it as a blessing and an affirmation of life.' " [Link]

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