Few Words As I Reflect On 9/11


Twin Towers — 1993 *


I wrote a long post of my personal account of 9/11 but decided to save it for another day.

It felt wrong.

Too much or too self-indulgent or something.

New York has been my favorite city for as long as I can remember.

I lived there for a year in 1997.

The anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon brings up numerous emotions.

As a friend shared, “That was the day we lost our innocence.”

I definitely did, but so many others lost so much more.

New York, I loved you before, and I love you now. I hope to be back soon.

NYC Skyline from Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry **


Notes  **** — both photographs used in this post were taken from my personal archives, and while they certainly aren’t the clearest shots, they stood out to me, so I decided to include them here even though the photograph quality is less than stellar.

*The close-up of the twin towers was taken on my Senior Trip in 1993 with a Kodak disposable camera and has always been a personal favorite

** NYC Skyline was taken in early Spring of 1997 when I was living in NYC on a sightseeing afternoon with two of my roommates. I’m guessing this was from a disposable camera as well.



5 thoughts on “Few Words As I Reflect On 9/11

  1. Finally catching up this weekend, my dear.

    New York….I appreciate what you wrote about it so much, and the photos you took are moving.

    My mother is from NY (Bronx) and her mother & grandmother grew up there too.
    That area has been a very significant part of my life, although I’ve only visited there twice, and I hardly saw anything.

    I recall the heartbreak after 9/11. I worked several feet away from a young man whose father died in the Towers. For weeks he kept hoping…I witnessed his agony and can never forget it.

    My favorite author Madeleine L’Engle lived there as well, by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. When I was a junior high student, I used to write her fan letters and sent them to her apt. on West End Avenue. One time she sent me back a postcard of the Milky Way that she typed and signed. 🙂

    New York. A special place, home to brilliant writers.
    No wonder it’s your favorite city. You should be living there, come to think of it.


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    • Wow! Thank you for sharing that your connection to NY — Madeleine L’Engle is one of my favorite authors, too. How cool that your mother is from the Bronx! I lived in Queens, right by where the US Open (tennis) tournament takes place. I WILL post my longer post about 9/11. I just wrote it all out and then, frankly, was completely emotionally spent, exhausted, all that, and couldn’t tidy up and proofread and all that.

      While I’m here…I am so sorry about Ulla (I’m honestly struggling to find words — I’m still in my feelings and can’t articulate anything on that front which is why I haven’t chimed in yet. That and other pressing matters in my day-to-day, but mostly ’cause I’m very emotional about it all.) Just wanted to acknowledge it before I get distracted and don’t make it over to your page. Imagine this as a giant hug. I wish I could take all the hurt away… xoxo

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