Sunday, September 11, 2011


Today has been one of those days when everything has seemed out of kilter.

We need to remember the events of ten years ago, but how?  Somehow, the televised memorials this morning seemed over the top, intrusive to the families of those who died, and somehow too public.  I watched a bit of this and a bit of that, but did not feel comfortable with any of it.

People who know more than I have written movingly about those who perished and those who were left to carry on behind; about those who served and those who waited.  I've read and read this week, but somehow still feel conflicted and .... empty.

I think that's really it... empty.  Ten years, thousands of young lives and limbs left in the streets and fields of Iraq and Afghanistan and we still feel vulnerable and empty;  still don't quite know what to do.

I worked in the garden - the thing that always makes me feel the most calm and at peace - and emailed the woman with whom I spent that morning.  Just wanted to remind her how much her presence meant to me then... as it does now.   Maybe that's the best I can do today.

If we can try to work together to hold a fitting memorial to those who died on September 11, 2001, why can't we come together to do the right things for the country we hold so dear?  Maybe that would make us all feel full again.


  1. GG and I were talking about just such issues.

    How that day did serve to help destroy our country.

    The wars, the animosity in Congress, the my way of the highway attitudes of many American citizens....

    I refuse to get swept up in the hype. I am trying to honor my own feelings and those of others.

    It's not easy. But worth trying.

    xoxo jane

  2. I can't think of a single wise word, but am wondering what the next ten years will hold, and hoping for a more peaceful future. x

  3. Webb,
    It is amazing how our country came together in the days and weeks following 9/11, but have become so polarized ten years later. I have a hard time understanding these things. United we stand, divided we fail (not a typo). Bonnie

  4. Bonnie, you have it exactly right. I would like that on a bumper sticker and every billboard in the country.

    Jane, How on earth did we get so polarized.

    Belinda, it's so good to know that our friends abroad care, too. Peace, it is.

  5. What a wise post this is today.....Webb.

    Nuf' said.