It’s one of those days you’ll always remember where you were when … With the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 this weekend there’s even more cause to stop and think about that day. It was a day that until that morning was something we Westerners would expect to see in a movie not happening before our very eyes to innocent people. September 11th, 2001 will forever be a historical turning point. It’s a date marked by the pain in the eyes of those who lost loved ones, the date that triggered wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the new terror policies in many countries, especially the US and Canada.
It’s an event that I will one day have to find the words to explain to my children. In fact, trying to get away from coverage as the anniversary approaches has been difficult. Even though I’d like to see the stories, it’s easier to keep it on TreeHouse then to try and fully explain to a 4 year old why a plane is being flown into a building or a field and close to 3,000 people died. That was the act and I could dumb it down to that, but wasn’t it really so much more? The reasons behind the act, why the “bad men” did what they did, why they were intent on fulfilling their plan, the death and destruction they caused only to be remembered every year like a wound that scabs over but doesn’t truly heal.
The bright sunshine that greeted September 11th, 2001 against the darkness of the day has permeated the past decade and will continue to do so. Our responsibility moving forward to is remember and to make sure lessons from that day are not forgotten.
To me it’s elementary … I’m Sandra Watson.