Tuesday, September 11, 2012

and surely i am with you always even unto the very end of the age- Matthew 28:20

eleven years ago i was sixteen years old and sitting in mr. sommerman's homeroom class.  there was a buzz in the air and no one knew for sure what was going on.  mr. sommerman turned on the tv and we sat there.  watching that tv that was perched on the upper right hand corner of the room.  we didn't go to first period.  we just stayed where we were and watched the tv.  the news kept replaying the plane flying into the second tower.  i remember thinking it was a true accident.  it didn't even cross my mind that this was a deliberate attack (then again i lived in a bubble).

at some point they called the girls who had parents working in nyc into the chapel.  i remember going home early that day and still not knowing what was happening.  in fact by the time i got home i thought a slew of other places had been attacked too.  it was an all girls school after all....

i can recall sitting on the front porch.  we lived about 40 miles from nyc, but you could see the smoke.  a testament to the devastation.  my father worked in brooklyn and didn't come home that night.  he slept in his office.  my little sixteen year old self didn't do this at the time, but now i cannot even begin to imagine how scared he must have been.  having no way to get home and being so close to all that was happening....

normalcy was lost for the the next couple of days.  i found it to be a period of confusion. not being able to grasp why this was happening.  watching those heroic and devastating imagines on tv.  wanting to help but not being able to...but there was a sense of pride, watching everyone come together....

along with the rest of america, it is a day i will never forget.  and a day that i still cannot fathom.
i'll be remembering today.

"America has its faults as a society, as we have ours. But I think of the Union of America born out of the defeat of slavery.  I think of its Constitution, with its inalienable rights granted to every citizen still a model for the world. I think of a black man, born in poverty, who became chief of their armed forces and is now secretary of state Colin Powell and I wonder frankly whether such a thing could have happened here.  I think of the Statue of Liberty and how many refugees, migrants and the impoverished passed its light and felt that if not for them, for their children, a new world could indeed be theirs.  I think of a country where people who do well, don't have questions asked about their accent, their class, their beginnings but have admiration for what they have done and the success they've achieved.  I think of those New Yorkers I met, still in shock, but resolute; the fire fighters and police, mourning their comrades but still head held high." -Prime Minister Tony Blair

[snagged the photo from facebook]

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