Today has been wrenching. A plunge back into the memories of the horror of ten years ago. I think the media build-up helped, made it not quite such a shock to be suddenly confronted with the memories.
I know that people in and near New York City, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, PA, deal with and face these memories on a regular basis. But for those of us far away from the sites of the attacks, they are something we can forget about most days, the kind of nagging pain you can ignore.
On this day of sadness, I find that I really don’t have anything new to say, no blinding insight. I leave you with a quote I wrote 4 years ago, for a Veteran’s Day newspaper column:
For me, that naivety shattered on September 11, 2001. The world would never be the same for me again, for history had restarted (if it had ever really stopped) and the warm bubble of affluence and safety had popped. The real world was back, and it was much less safe.
Originally published in the (Idaho Falls) Post Register on November 18, 2007.
- Honor the memory of those we lost on September 11 (3dimensionallife.wordpress.com)
- Ten Years Ago Today (stevenruff.wordpress.com)
- September 11, 2011 (entrepremusings.com)
- President Obama lays wreath at 9/11 memorial in Shanksville, Pa. (nj.com)