Most of my life, for the past 18 years, has revolved around my son. He’s 18 now, but on September 11, 2001 he was 8. I was the stay-at-home dad. Get the kid ready in the morning, get him to school, and pick him up after school. Like most parents, I wondered what his future would be like, what the world of my adult son would be like. Well, he’s an adult now and I never could have imagined how the world he would grow up in would change that morning.
I never watch TV in the morning, but that day was different. I’m not sure why I turned on the news that day and, after reading some other 9/11 posts, it seems that is a common thread. People that normally would not be watching news in the morning turned on the TV _that_ morning. By the end of the morning, the entire country seemed to be watching – connected by tragedy, anger, fear and loss. As the news channels did 10 years ago, today they are playing those scenes that I can see in mind, even when the TV is off. The sense of loss is just as great today. The feeling I had 10 years ago, as I watched the towers fall, is almost paralyzing.
In the days, weeks, and years that followed we were also inspired. Inspired by the heroic acts of the first responders, and the bravery of those that risked their lives to save others. That is the world I see my son growing up in now. A country that was forever changed, but united. I’d like to take a moment to thank the firefighters, law enforcement personnel, military, and civilians that help to make this country safe for future generations.
Below is an infographic summary of the tragedy of 9/11 and the past 10 years (from reusethisbag.com).