I’m having trouble finding the words…

…to describe this day.

I don’t want to trivialize the occasion with melodrama.  It would be inappropriate.

Just a few things.

I awoke to sirens this morning.  It was probably an ambulance.  But, it made me recall the date (which I have been dreading for some time) in a vivid manner.

I really don’t want to talk about what happened to me on 9/11/01.

But, in the days that followed, do you remember:

  • the silence of the skies as there were no commercial flights above us?
  • the silence of the financial world as Wall Street remained closed?
  • the silence of the arenas while baseball and football players remained idle out of respect?
  • the way we fought against our feelings of powerlessness and frustration by gathering in churches, synagogues and mosques to pray?
  • the outpouring of love the world showed us when they played The Star Spangled Banner in St. Paul’s Cathedral and when Le Monde ran “Nous Sommes Tous Américains” and in countless other acts of kindness by the rest of the world?

For sure, there’s sadness enough to go around today.

But, how about this — let’s revel in our family, friends and loved ones today.

Let’s strive to do something really worthwhile for our country this week.

Let’s focus the greatness of America.

Here are just a few things that I will never take for granted:

The red cliffs of Sedona

The redwoods of California

The intimate majesty of Mount Rushmore

The power of Niagara

The still dignity of The Everglades

The greatness of the mother of all of our waters, The Mississippi

The resiliency of New Yorkers

The genius of Maryland Crab Cakes

The marbled richness of American beef

The brilliant comedy of Judd Apatow films

The strength and sterling sportmanship of the Williams sisters

The wisdom of our founding mothers and fathers

and most of all, our ability to put aside our differences and to come together when it matters most.

— The Major


3 responses to this post.

  1. love that last pic. is that from today?


  2. Posted by marsha phillips on September 11, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    very nice, erin, thanks for your thoughts, our pastor gave a wonderful sermon today which helped me very much with the sadness of the day…


  3. Posted by Teresa Lancer on September 13, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Yes, let’s revel in our family! Near and far. Not just on 9/11 but everyday as if it was our last.


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