The cover of this week's People magazine stirs solemn reflection. “Children of 9/11, Portraits of Hope” profiles ten children born after their fathers died on that fateful day in 2001. Granted, these little ones were born into a very different world than the one I arrived in, and my heart goes out to them, but I will not read the article.
Why? For the same reason I will not watch any of the 9/11 television specials I have seen advertised. Though produced for posterity (and perhaps for ratings) and important for remembrance of our nation's greatest tragedy, I view the networks' offerings as personally superfluous. I don't need to see video of the towers falling; I well remember watching them fall. I don't need to relive that horrible day that is indelibly branded in my memory. I remember it all very, very well.
On this tenth anniversary of 9/11, I will not recount my experience, nor pontificate on the battle of good versus evil, nor lecture on the irony of Bin Laden's death occurring in the tenth anniversary year of what he unleashed upon the world. I could go on and on and on about such things, but I won't. I'll say only this: my family (and so many other families) lost a super human being that day. I think of him often and most deeply on September 11th. On this tenth anniversary of his passing, I don't need the media reminding me of what we lost or telling me how to remember him.
Perhaps it seems callous of me not to read about the little ones born after 9/11/2001, but to me, the phrase “children of 9/11” has a very different, personal connotation. When I hear those words, I think of my nieces and nephews, my own children. In a very sad way, residents of the tri-state area, especially Middletown and surrounding towns, are all “children of 9/1”.
This column is brief; what more is there to say about 9/11? What more is there to do, other than pray for the souls of the departed and those left behind, and beseech the Lord for peace in the world, and grace to move forward? We don't need television programs, magazines, or newspaper columns to do that.