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Writer's Block: 9/11

I've been debating about posting anything today. I've been anticipating this anniversary since the start of the year, not without some trepidation.

I was a freshman in college 10 years ago. It was the first week of classes and I had an 8:00 chem class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The morning is a bit of a blur. Chemistry, then chaos. The distinct sensation of the rug being pulled out from under you. I remember standing around the tv with my new classmates in shock. I remember frantically calling my mom to find out about my dad who was flying to DC that morning (he got grounded in Atlanta).  I remember the disbelief and fear and sorrow.  I remember the realization that the world had changed fundamentally.

I didn't lose anyone that day.  I was hundreds of miles away.  But in a sense we all experienced loss, and even at a great distance we felt the reverberations of the crashes.  We were all touched by the show of solidarity and brotherhood in the aftermath.

So much has changed in the last 10 years - wars and rumors of war, trading liberties for a sense of security, increased wariness and weariness, picking up pieces and rebuilding and moving on.  Personally, my family moved across the country, I graduated college and medical school and moved 3 times. Though the events that occurred on this date one decade ago have had sweeping effects on our day-to-day lives, things seem pretty settled at this new baseline. I'm not sure how I feel about that.  It's important to remember.  We must remember, just as surely as we must continue on.

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ageofalejandro
Sep. 12th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
Ramen, Ante.
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