Another 9/11 Remembrance
Another year, another September 11. Will this day ever come and go without us stopping to remember that morning in 2001 when a beautiful New York morning turned into a horror movie before our eyes? I’m sure there’ll be a day when September 11 is just another day on the calendar, but not while anybody who was alive in 2001 still walks the planet.
While I don’t think it’s a good thing to dwell too much on the past, I do think it’s appropriate to take time out on these special dates to reflect, and to remember what happened. It’s also important to think about how we can do to make the world a better place, a place where planes aren’t flown into packed skyscrapers on purpose. But it’s hard. Thinking back and remembering terrible things like I am today makes me wonder if anything will ever change. Sure, they change, but it always seems to be changing for the worse. We need to turn this ship around somehow, but I sure as hell don’t know how to do it, and it gets clearer every day that the people we put in charge of things have no clue how to do it either. As a parent, it can get downright depressing.
14 years ago today something unspeakably, unimaginably horrific happened that stopped the entire world in its tracks…at the time, which seems like five minutes ago, Sonia and I had a beautiful, perfect little two-year old boy, and another baby on the way. Throughout that terrible day, one thought kept entering my mind, and it was this: “What kind of a fucked up world are we bringing these children into? What kind of a place are we leaving them? How am I ever supposed to explain something like this to them?” All these years later, as our boys are all too quickly turning into young men, and after so many more unspeakably horrific things have happened, I’m still sadly asking myself the same questions on almost a daily basis. We all do our best to raise our kids right, but it hurts to think that, no matter how well we do our jobs as parents, our children are still going to inherit a world full of evil and hate and humans doing terrible things to other humans.
So, I’ll do what we should all do on 9/11…I’ll take a quiet moment to remember, and I’ll hug my loved ones, and our lives will go on. But the 9/11’s are always there to remind me that my kids are gonna have their work cut out for them, and I can’t help but feel just a bit guilty about that. Peace.
On a somewhat brighter 9/11 note, if such a thing can even possibly exist, here’s a touching story about a dog. Her name is Bertagne, and she’s not any regular dog. She was a search & rescue dog during those chaotic early days after the 9/11 attacks in New York City. In other words, she’s a hero. She’s 16 years old now, and she’s sadly the last known surviving 9/11 search dog. She recently returned to NYC for the first time since 2001, and was treated to a special day that she so richly deserved. Dogs are angels amongst us, and if you don’t believe that, you’ve never met a dog.