September 11, 2013
There's very little that can be said about 9-11 that hasn't already been broadcast and echoed around the world. You will always remember where you were when it happened. You will always be able to close your eyes and see the images as you saw them then. You will always feel a thread of the fear you felt. These things will never go away and words will never do them justice.
And that's okay. Because we never should forget.
Posted by Chris at September 11, 2013 7:05 AM
I may have posted this a long time ago, but the brain plays tricks, and I like this story anyway...
I had the same day as everyone else. But the evening was different and special. My wife, young daughter, and I went to a family friend's house. We didn't speak about what happened that day at all, just had a wonderful dinner and enjoyed each other's company. It wasn't out of disrespect, or not caring, but instead it was embracing the humanity of the moment. We were loved, and with people we loved, and were celebrating life. We talk a lot about "Don't let the terrorists win" and "protecting our way of life", but that's it at the end of the day: being kind and gentle with each other, because it is a wonderful and fragile life.
I guess what made me think about this was you mentioned the fear of the day. But there was also a lot of humanity that day. We did change as a nation; not only getting on a war footing and the nightmare of politics that followed, but we found some humanity with each other that I don't think has left us.
Best wishes Chris on your new endeavors, and peace be with you and your family.