Even though it has been eight long years, the memory of where I was on Sept. 11, 2001, is still quite vivid in my mind. I was a high school freshman, and had just arrived at third period English. The teacher had already turned on the news to see what was going on. We didn’t learn much, though, because the assistant principal burst into the classroom to evacuate us– there had been a bomb threat.
As I waited on the football field with the other students for further developments, a couple of fellow freshman took turns racing in my wheelchair while I stood, contemplating what had just occurred. It didn’t take me long to figure out that this was perhaps to be my final moment of pure innocence, of fancying the world as good.
Afterwards, the world turned bleakly cynical. Wars were declared, security tightened, and people often think twice now about going out of their way to help someone in need if it means it could be a terrorist ploy.
But, the world hasn’t all turned bad. For starters, in the midst of a recession, friends and neighbors are sharing their coupons. The local and national media are broadcasting more stories of rags-to-riches triumph than ever before. And, of course, here you are reading my blog. To me, that is the greatest proof that humanity is NOT a lost cause. We still look out for each other’s best interests.
So, perhaps it is best, instead of looking back and dwelling in the past, to honor all those lives lost by being a living testimony that, unlike the Twin Towers, we do NOT crumble under adversity. Let us teach the new generations to live for hope, not fear; for love, not anger. We still live for being good to one another, and for helping to build, and sometimes, when broken, restore, each other’s dreams.
All of you have already begun to build the foundation under mine.
😉 God Bless America, & God Bless the World,