Building Bridges

or how I spent the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.”  David Russell

Some bridges lead to new opportunities, new friendships, new experiences.  Others seem to lead to hatred, distrust, or apathy.   Cross those bridges that lead to good things, burn the ones that contain nothing good. 

People continually ask others, on the anniversary of some event, where we you when. . . , or what do you remember about . . . especially if they are having trouble dealing with their own emotions about the event in question.

Personally, I will always remember 9/11/01 simply because my son was born in the wee hours of the day before.  I’m glad he wasn’t one of the babies born on 9/11/01.  It would be a shame for him to constantly be photographed and interviewed simply because his birthdate coinsided with a date that was linked to tragedy.  I’m glad that he will be able to do things without an entourage of paparazzi trying to make normal things seem extraordinary just because they are being done by “a child of 9/11”.

I would hope that people are moving forward from the tragedy of that day.  Our world is still turning, there are people being born, living and dying without much notice being given them.  Yet these people might be the ones who figure out how we can all live better lives.  Lives that show we care about all people and that we refuse to give in to hatred and bitterness.

I spent 9/11 this year camping with my husband, our son, our daughter and some very good friends.  We laughed, joked and had a great time just being people of the here and now.  And now it is time to get back to the reality of Monday and the work to be done.

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  1. Dominica Dohrman
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 07:15:39

    “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” ~ Mother Teresa

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