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Posted: 9/27/2001 1:44:00 PM EDT
I got this in an e-mail--it was written by a friend of a relative of mine: "The other night I was walking at a local park, Eagle Rock Reservation, which overlooks NY harbor and the site of the WTC. Other visitors have set up a spontaneous shrine on that site. The candles are lighted every night, people bring flowers, and banners to sign. Although there are many people, the atmosphere is very reverent, similar to the common attitude at the Vietnam Wall in Washington. A very teary young lady was there and appropriately mourning a lost boyfriend. A little black girl, about four years old, came up to her and gave her a little teddy bear, because she was so sad. Immediately the young lady pulled herself together and graciously thanked the very generous little girl. The little girl's mother insisted that she keep the little bear. The bereaved young lady asked the little girl's parents what their children knew of the tragedy. The young lady, the children, and the parents then talked to a point where the young lady was able to put aside her pain at least for a few moments. Such acts of generosity and kindness are being multiplied a millionfold. People are praying together, singing together, joining hands with each other, and impacting each other with random acts of kindness. God is present here. All we had to do was dig down through the veneer of smugness we had developed because we haven't been challenged in a long time. Our parish church was crowded like it is on Palm Sunday and Easter for each of the last two weeks. Other churches and temples of every denomination have a similar experience. We are appalled, outraged, awestruck, and inspired all at the same time. For most of us, there is nothing we can do but pray. The tragedy, which was one of the most terrible things that could happen to us, brought out the best in us. We are really a great people when we get the issues of our lives into perspective. Those towers are still there. When I look at the empty space where they once stood, I can still see them proudly holding up the vault of the sky. Instead of mortar and steel, the towers now have a soul gleaned from the souls of almost seven thousand people who lost their lives there. The soul is also gleaned from our prayers, our generosity, the incredible generosity of those who are involved in rescue and recovery operations, our renewed patriotism and spirituality, our mourning, and the millions of random acts of kindness that are being repeated each day. "
Link Posted: 9/27/2001 2:10:17 PM EDT
Tragedy isn't quite the right word. It was a vicious, malicious, cold blooded attack on you and me and everything America stands for and has accomplished. Those guys are agents of the forces who have basically misruled the world for most of its history. The US was the first rational attempt to step back from that world and say "Hey, let's start a country based on reason and intelligence rather than brute force and exploitation". It wasn't just a tragedy, or disaster, or unfortunate event. IT WAS AN ASSAULT. And such a horrible assault demands a retribution so horrible no one in their right minds could ever countenance the idea of raising a hand against America. Otherwise, the attacks will continue in number and degree of horror.
Link Posted: 9/27/2001 2:35:38 PM EDT
Everytime I read something like this it always makes me sad. My children asked the other day how many people is 7,000, which is approximately the number of people that died. I compared it to our local high school which has 3,500 students plus 300 or so staff. The number of people that died in this dispicable man-made disaster was nearly doubled the number from our high school was my explanation.
Link Posted: 9/27/2001 2:57:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By warlord: Everytime I read something like this it always makes me sad. My children asked the other day how many people is 7,000, which is approximately the number of people that died. I compared it to our local high school which has 3,500 students plus 300 or so staff. The number of people that died in this dispicable man-made disaster was nearly doubled the number from our high school was my explanation.
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I was thinking today that a single file line of 7,000 people would stretch more than 2 miles. Think of that as you're driving along.
Link Posted: 9/27/2001 6:13:14 PM EDT
My thoughts have been full of worry.I worry about the future for my four young nephews. On Sept.17th my brother and sister in law found out that they are expecting twins. I'm very excited about this but I have been worried too.
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