All right, now that Christmas is over, it's almost time to ring in another brand-new year. But we're also ringing in a new decade, which makes this year more special. Think back over the year, over the decade. What do you remember most in both cases? What are the bad things that you can't wait to leave behind in the Aughts? But also......what do you hope for? What are you looking forward to? Any New Year's Resolutions? Even though I was only in first grade at the time, I can still so clearly remember the 9/11 tragedy. I think that that day and that event is probably the defining moment of this decade, the end of us feeling safe and secure. From them on, air travel complaints grew even more common, and Homeland Security and Threat Level are phrases everyone knows. So many horrible things came out of that day, but it was a time when we all grew closer, became one again. People hugged strangers on the street, were more kind to fellow Americans. Out of tragedy came hope. I can remember Hurricane Katrina, too--seeing the devastation and wishing I could help in some way, but I was powerless. Out of that, too, came hope. It was another situation that we all came together in. But this is the decade I grew up in, learned in, loved in. So many hopeful things came out of this decade, and more are still to come. It wasn't all bad. So let's look back and remember it all, when we're so close to the end of this era.