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´╗┐For life goes not illiterate nor tarries with yesterday.

Where were you when on that powerful day? Until ten years ago, during my lifetime at least, that dispute halfway always pertained to the day the shots rang out and killed Kennedy; his presidency the seeming number of refreshed and restored hope to a mortals that had been bruised, bloodied and battered by two successive World Wars.

All those lives lost.

All those sons and daughters, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters.


Some scorched alive even.

And, then, a befall at rebirth.
Until shots rang out from a grassy barrow and killed it.

On the day that John F.
Kennedy was killed, ironically, I was the exact duplicate age and in the exact equivalent quality as my son was on the day that the Twin Towers fell ten years ago.
But all those many years earlier I was sitting and playing with Play Doh on a tiny worn and wooden desk.
How do I remember that? I don’t know.
I do, however, remember the Dominican sisters of Saint Aloysius wadding us all up, one by one, as some took our hands while others reached for their textile handkerchiefs pulling them out from some question hidden vocation below the tummy of their sinisteru and white habits.

Never showing outright emotion, those nuns would quickly, nearly secretly, wipe the tears away from their keep eyes as they called us, one by one, to file up in the front of the classroom.
I met my sister as the classes piled out into the hallway and we headed out to the parking stack led by another nun who had no intention of holding her harm back.
Her crying kept us all stillness in our concern.

And then I remember my mother silently sobbing the whole circumstance she drove all of us back home.

Back to the quarters that had oil portraits of all four of her heirs and one of President Kennedy himself pending in our living room.
As if he were somehow blood of our blood.

John Kennedy took a cubby-hole of honor alongside her children on the living room walls while the portrait of the Pope hung in a less prestigious cranny in the dining one.

And so was the pecking direction in my Irish Catholic household.

Where were you when that dreadful day happened? That lapsed inquiry now gains new meaning as I distrust any one of us commit ever suppose to put Kennedy to that query again.

Terror and transfiguration changed all that.

A scarcely over ten years ago we had only impartial moved here to Virginia from New York.
I didn’t deficiency to come.

My nuptial was in a state of devolving disrepair and shambles and I knew it was over.
After twenty article years.

I knew practically no one in this town either exclude my then husband’s finished family.

Who couldn’t exactly ever cotton to the Irish sassy lassy blonde from New York who stole the marrow of their homeboy.

Nope, they could barely tolerate me, bless their hearts.

And if you’re from the South you sense exactly what the last measure of that sentence means.

I was lonely and scared and had the wonderful gift and opportunity of telling that to my peak comrade Kathleen each and every day as we had fallen into that alike level of daily early morning phone gibber routine.

I’d already dropped my son at his kindergarten that September 11 morning and would come home to term Kath, as usual, so that we could vision together and device what I would do when I would finally mature a set of balls and discontinue and we’d prate of what she would do if she signal to go back to work.
Yup, the usual.

That day though, thing not usual.
Her keep husband, Pete, whose own career took him into the Twin Towers daily hadn’t preceding in to the City on that day because he’d had an face breakfast meeting to attend.

So we talked about that.

And how she hoped he might lattice there and find a new status at his void company.

I can remember that particular phone label and the ensuing events if it were yesterday.

I was sitting on my son’s bed and had ‘Good Morning America’ on the television in the background.

We were conversation about nothing, she and I.
Just nothing.
As girlfriends on the phone often do.
And, then, I spied, out of the cranny of my eye, an explosion producing plumes of smoke and a giant flame onset to engulf that prime tower.
I sat transfixed to the television.

I stammered and stumbled off the boy’s bed and shakily told Kath to turn on her tv.
I was pacing and I was POSITIVE that some internal side flyer MUST have had a marrow assault and tragically, mistakenly, misplaced domesticate or even his life before slumping in his cockpit and careening into that building.
I mean, what fresh solution could there be? We sat in stunned silence, Kath on her end and I on mine, and all I could hear above Peter Jennings anxious voice was our hold hushed breathing on the phone.

We vocal naught to one another.
This juncture literally.

Until she whispered, “that’s Pete’s building.
” And, then, the unthinkable.

The later plane.

The later tower.
I don’t remember if we even oral goodbye to one another.
All I could imagine of at that moment was my son.

And as my have mother had done decades earlier, I gathered my wits and my keys and clear to go and grasp him from his school.
Grab him and hug him recognized as could be.

Our tribe was unbefitting attack.
The Pentagon had not yet been hit and Todd Beamer and those heros hadn’t yet “rolled” and yet, intuitively, instinctively, I knew I had to be with my boy.

At the moment that I opened my prompt door to leave, another man whose son attended the equivalent school, pulled up in surpass of my house and motioned to me.

” C’mon El, let’s go!” I jumped in the passenger seat and we didn’t keep to talk a thing to one another.
The pain was palpable.

I was shaking.
She was smoking.
And then I started to cry.

And, then, so did she.

My heart was breaking as I wondered if my elite partner from high school, my spirit sister Patty, had perished in her help in the elite tower.
Patty’s mother is the only ‘grandmother’ my son has ever known.

My own mother had passed well before my kid was born.

His dad’s mother was not involved.

To this day he quiescent refers to Patty’s mom as ‘Nana,’ and to this day ‘Nana’ still sends him a twenty dollar leaflet every Christmas.

I wondered if Ava’s husband Michael was in his office in the latter tower that morning.
I am the godmother to their youngeset daughter Paige.

My extended families.

And, then, there were the friends.

I knew nearly the finished Cantor promise trading floor.
After having spent twenty years trading commodities on Wall Street, I knew a stockpile of connections posting buy/sells in that building.
Did they survive? Were they alive? Were their families watching these horrific scenes artifice out the same practice I had been watching? I nearly couldn’t perceive the worry.

The panic.
The terror.
I couldn’t sound terrorists.

Driving nearly too slowly to the school, we sat, Dina and I stunned, sniffling, reveling, remembering (she’s from New York as well) until we took a left off the highest drag and drove up in govern of Broad Bay Manor.
I don’t perceive why, but we hadn’t expected what we saw.
There, in the parking collection was a throng of parents waiting for their tiny spawn too.
Waiting in a car column that snaked around the full building.

All these parents coming to recover their precious ones.

We were all doing the equivalent thing that my keep mother had done all those many years ago when innocence shattered shook this country.

I look around for my son.

I ordinance the glaring miserable of the sky.

The sun radiant so flexible it molest my eyes.

The orchestration so succinct and clean, not yet filled with the coming dread.

It didn’t match up, the events I’d impartial witnessed and the almost Divine perfection of the day.

It didn’t go together.
Maybe it wasn’t real? Maybe it didn’t chance after all? Maybe I would wake up and idle be in a crappy matrimonial but wouldn’t have to wonder if kin I knew and loved had died without warning.
And it was then, waiting in what seemed to be an interminable car line, that all of a sudden a song from Grayson’s infancy began to play, over and over and over again in my head.

See, my son was not a benefit sleeper as a bitty baby.

I was forced to develop some merit of soothing and nightly ritual and method to be able to lull him into any excellence of slumber, a ritual that once worked through also worked well into his toddler years.

A quota of that ritual was playing the duplicate orchestration cassette to and for him night after night after night.

For years and years and years.

His sensation was Pavlovian.

Apparently mine was imprinted.

Because on that lyrical cassette was a poem put to song, the lyrics or lines written by the peaceful, cryptic and otherworldly poet Kahlil Gibran.

The utterance of that song now stuck singing out in my leader as if they were being piped in by a Mothership yachting somewhere far, far in the heavens above.

I couldn’t shake them.
I couldn’t delay them.
Louder and louder.
Competing with my thumping nucleus trying to earn my finished attention.

‘Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s hankering for itself.
They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
” We inch up a bit closer to the exit door of the school.
I think I hear Dina chatter thing about the radio recounting folks jumping from the upper floors of the towers.

They are jumping to their deaths, selection that sliver of hope of survival as opposed to surely perishing by fire.

People are jumping.
They are creation choices about the procedure in which they will, in all likelihood, die.

Others on the streets under vigil unimaginable horror.
I portrayal these images in my mind’s eye but can’t concentrate because that music, those poetic speech from Kibran hold competing.
They effectively drench the outer din.

“You may grant them your heart but not your thoughts, For they obtain their keep thoughts.

You may dwelling their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the dwelling of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not uncivilized nor tarries with yesterday.

” I see him.
I finally see him.
My boy.

His insignificant blonde commander pops up every once in awhile bobbing between the two taller boys that are sandwiching him.
He looks so happy.

He looks so little.

He looks around.

And he sees me.

And he waves.

Like little boys who see their mother’s in lead of them often do.
And I gesture back.
Although I can’t really make him out now supplementary than a wavy plot since the tears in my eyes, tears of gratitude, tears of rhapsody at seeing him, tears of heartbreaking sadness and grief all converge and well up and prevent me from really seeing anything, at all, clearly.

I feel like I might not be able to see anything strikingly ever again.

The car continues to creep a mouthful fresh and the epiphany occurs.

And it sounds unbiased like the last lines of that Kibran poem: “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the documentation upon the cycle of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go rapid and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s workman be for gladness; For even as He loves the darner that flies, so He loves moreover the bow that is stable.

” Only passion survives.

And Patty did too.
After the birth of her third youngster and unable to falter that incubation weight, she’d been attending a Weight Watchers meeting in dilute Manhattan when the tragedies took place.

She remembers leaving the weigh in to run back to her office because she’d left her purse there.

A few feet out that Weight Watcher’s door some stranger overripe her around and told her to “run for her life.

” She did.

And was safe.

Only love survives.

And Michael did too.
He, like Kathleen’s husband Peter, had a meeting facade his office that morning and although he’d elapsed back to the towers, he’d been able to get out of Manhattan and eventually make it home safely as well.
Only emotions survives.

The Cantor Fitzgerald traders did not.

Thousands of responders did not.

All those different aspect passengers did not.

“For even as He loves the thorn that flies, so He loves furthermore the grovel that is stable.

” Because, only affection survives.

Because our spirits are inextinguishable.

The sadness, the loss, the yearning for calmness will wilt and die.

Love and our spirits survive.

That is not a prayer.
It is a promise.

Where were you on that formidable day? Where was I? No, I wasn’t language to Kathleen on the phone or watching Peter Jennings on tv.
I wasn’t with Dina driving down Great Neck Road or selection up my oblivious son from school.
I wasn’t worrying and wondering about Patty, Peter, Michael or all the many others I knew working inside those two towers.

I was learning firsthand that only feelings survives and that our spirits are inextinguishable.

I can only hope that many, many, many others obtain sensible that alike same talk since that identical day as well.
Because armed with that knowledge, rebirth can never ever be shot and killed again.



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