Ten years of…

Wonder. Fear. Strength. Accomplishment. Sadness.Longing.Decision making.

The list could go on forever.

It’s been 10 full years since the terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York City. Ten years since 3,047 people died during the 9/11 attacks. I remember where I was, do you?

I was in science class. A knock came at the door and our teacher answered. The whole class fell silent while the voice behind the door told my teacher that planes just hit the world trade center and that ‘they’ were calling it a terrorist attack. I don’t think anyone really knew how to react – how could we? we’d never heard of anything like that before.. and no one in my class had ever (to my knowledge) travelled out of Canada at that point in our small town lives.

We heard Gander airport had taken planes in and that peoples houses and gymnasiums were being filled with passengers from those planes. People alternated between CBC and NTV news all day, wondering what the latest was and how and if it was going to effect us. What the latest death toll was. Who was behind it? How did they manage to pull something so cruel off without anyone picking up on it?

The images of the buildings on fire, the floors blowing out beneath each other, the falling man, the lady covered in ashes, the american flag, firefighter helmets… all images that were flash flooded in to our memories then and now. It’s been 10 whole years.

I thought about what today means, about what I could say in that could sum it all up. The only thing that I can think of is how important it is that we all look out for one another – anything could happen at any time. Humans are designed to survive and adapt but having love around us to help out doesn’t hurt either.

Forgive, let go of things that are beyond your control. Hug your parents. Hug your children. Never forget to say “I love you” and don’t shy away from someone in need.

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