I have been struggling to decide what to post about 9/11 or if to write anything at all. What is there to say that hasn’t already been said? It seems so long ago and yet at the same time like yesterday. It only takes a moment of watching footage or seeing a picture from that day to have it all come flooding back. I remember exactly every moment of that day from the second I flipped on the TV and saw the smoke coming out of the World Trade Center. Every moment.
I would never, ever want to go back, never, ever want something like that to happen again. But I do wish we could find a way to get back to that sense of unity, that we were all Americans first. For awhile, after 9/11 it felt like that. That even though there were still Republicans and Democrats and this disagreement and that, that for a little while all of that came after the fact that we were Americans and we were here together and we could find a way to work together, accomplish things together.
I don’t know why it is that it often times takes tragedy to shine a light on what’s important. And then it seems no matter how brightly it shines at that moment, it eventually dims and fades away.
So my prayers go out today to all those families who lost loved ones that day and to our country that we never let the light go completely out, that we find a way to keep shining it on the things that really are important and always remember that, despite our differences and our disagreements, we are the United States of America.