While most people here in the States consider this to be Veteran's Day, and veterans are without a doubt worthy of a celebration, in our family it is also Vertical Day, 11/11. Get it? To quickly recap, it started years ago. Every time the clock turned to 11:11, our niece Becky called it a vertical minute and she would think of us. November 11 is a vertical day, very special, so I try to call her at 11:11 California time, which is 1:11 Chicago time, and we share the vertical minute, on the vertical day.
Only THIS year it is like Vertical Day on steroids, a once in a lifetime. 11/11/11!!
Are you one of those people who is extremely clever? Ideas just overflow? You are fabulous when it comes to giving gifts? You use your creativity rather than your wallet?
I am not one of those people. However, Becky IS one of those people. Actually, Mark and I had planned to fly to Chicago this weekend to celebrate Vertical Day together, eating lunch at a place called the Eleven City Diner. Funny--their address is 1112 Wabash. Guess the city planner who assigned that address didn't know about Vertical Day... But instead, we are attending a wedding on the coast.
Becky had decided to put something special together for us, using her creativity (she calls is "resourcefulness") and no more than $11.11, not counting shipping. It started on its journey from Chicago to California on 11/1. We were going to be gone on 11/11. We couldn't wait. We opened it early.
On top of the presents was this adorable picture of Becky, and her kids, Simon and Norah, doing their version of 11-11-11.
#2. She crochets, so she used some of her leftover yarn and made this tic-tac-toe game that willb e fun to play with Charlotte and Levi.
I love the whole concept of the vertical minute and Vertical Day. No matter where I am, if I happen to look at the clock at 11:11 or 1:11, I always think of Becky, think of how much I love her and am thankful she is in my life. Think about adding a vertical minute to your life.
Thank you, Becky. You made us feel extra special. The only thing better would be celebrating with you at Eleven City Diner.