Seven.

Today is September 11 and if I don’t mention it, I’ll get angry emails asking why ARE YOU SUCH A SHITTY AMERICAN?!

When in fact, the reason I do not write about September 11, 2001 is not because I don’t feel anything; it is because I feel too much.

In addition, what words can I string together to make the sentences that will somehow make sense of it?  That will make it hurt any less?  That will appropriately honor the dead?

None.  So I don’t even try.

I just remember.





31 Comments

  1. Bulldog
    September 11, 2008 8:48 am

    You said it all – “I just remember.”



  2. gunnlino
    September 11, 2008 9:04 am

    Too many bells ringing, too many names read.



  3. Kylie
    September 11, 2008 9:20 am

    My mom has always said, “I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard President Kennedy was assassinated.” I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing seven years ago today. I’m with you. It hurts too much to talk about it, even seven years later. All we can do is remember…



  4. renee
    September 11, 2008 9:21 am

    I will always remember, i will always be angry.



  5. lovesthenorthside
    September 11, 2008 9:29 am

    amen. and let’s pray for our military who fought and are still fighting this war on terrorism today.



  6. dwight
    September 11, 2008 9:33 am

    Yes. Pray for them and pray for their safe return!



  7. Wineplz
    September 11, 2008 9:54 am

    It is enough that you remember.



  8. unsatisfied
    September 11, 2008 10:18 am

    what you said, PG.

    now, if we could only find that bin laden asshole and make him pay for this shit….



  9. B
    September 11, 2008 10:33 am

    I live in downtown NYC, and this day is sad. We should always remember those who were lost. By the same token, this coverage is too much. MSNBC is relieving the coverage moment by moment in real time and replayinng the news broadcasts from that day. And most New Yorkers will tell you the same thing. I think that yes, there needs to be a memorial and I hope they finish it soon–but reliving it every single year the way its pressed upon here is too much. We need to heal.



  10. B
    September 11, 2008 10:35 am

    And PittGirl–even if you wouldn’t have posted, we all would know that you remember. We all do. Wearing a flag on your lapel or posting about this event isn’t what makes you a good Amercian. It’s enough that you and everyone remembers. Have a good day, everyone.



  11. lostinpgh
    September 11, 2008 10:42 am

    I always say taht people like to remember but the never liked to be reminded. And all you can do at this point is remember.



  12. spoon
    September 11, 2008 11:03 am

    After 7 years most bloggers have written just about all that needs to be said without reposting the same thing. It’s our individual right to remember the way we want and should be in no way obligated to bring it up if we choose not to.

    Along with your personal remembrance take today and think of what you’re doing to make this country a better place to live in.



  13. Magnus Patris
    September 11, 2008 11:07 am

    Today is a sad day, but let me share one of my personal stories of 9/11/01. One of my co-workers, Robin, and her husband organized a group to get drinks and sandwiches to the kids who were at the Pentagon’s day care center. With everything else going on that day, those kids could have been so easily overlooked. At times, I feel bad that I was safe at home in front of my TV by 11:30 that morning while she and others were still there helping. Maybe she did this because she had kids or because it was just in her nature. Either way, when I think of today, the only memory that makes me feel good is that of her and others thinking of those kids.



  14. coolmommy123
    September 11, 2008 11:32 am

    I gave birth to my daughter on Sept. 10, 2002, and was in the hospital with nothing to do but watch tv on the one-year anniversary. I remember watching 9/11 coverage all day, and feeling so sad and sorry, even while I was happy from my baby’s arrival. My sister plays in the Johnstown Symphony, and they had a special televised memorial concert in Shanksville. It was a strange experience, laying in a hospital bed, my blessed new baby by my side, watching my sister play viola on tv with footage of grieving families everywhere. The memories and feelings are so strong, I have tears in my eyes now while I count my blessings. I’m so sorry for the families who experienced tragedy first hand, and the greater loss of the feeling of being “safe” at home in America.

    i



  15. chrys
    September 11, 2008 11:36 am

    It is “red, white and blue day” at my daughters’ school today. Instead of dwelling on the horror they are celebrating the pride of patriotism, and being good citizens.

    Never forget what happened, but look for the beauty on this day, wherever you can find it.



  16. NY Luvs Pitts
    September 11, 2008 11:46 am

    B,
    It is truly a sad day and being in NYC you can really feel it and it can be overwhelming at times. I thank God that the few friends I had working there on that day got out. My prayers are with the families of the many who didn’t make it.



  17. Sue
    September 11, 2008 12:42 pm

    PG, you always keep it real.
    WTC 4 was my husbands place of business. He was late for work that day and drove from NJ toward the city, saw the smoke and turned around. Our next door neighbor was no so lucky and has never been found.
    Those of us who were there either physically, or holding up a neighbor so she didnt collapse dont have much to say on this day, nor feel the need to visit so called “ground zero”. It is a exhausting day for the widows and families who lost loved ones and they get through it for others not for themselves. My guess is she would rather visit quietly with her family and remember him. Its a media frenzy when what they would like is a lasting memorial placed there and perhaps a chance to move on.



  18. B
    September 11, 2008 12:47 pm

    NY Luvs Pitts~

    Thanks…it really is surreal for those who live here every year when this date rolls around. I’m glad that your friends were able to make it out okay.

    And Sue~

    “Its a media frenzy when what they would like is a lasting memorial placed there and perhaps a chance to move on.”

    Your comment was SO right on.



  19. John
    September 11, 2008 1:53 pm

    Never forget.



  20. toni
    September 11, 2008 2:16 pm

    I don’t know who is crass enuf to send you e-mails that your a shitty American but I do know they need to read up on grief. People handle grief in all kinda manner and at different steps. Some express anger, others denial. I believe Kubler Ross states theres something like 7 steps. And we grieve in our own ways. I, like you, don’t speak of it….silence dosen’t mean you don’t remember whats seared into your brain…it just means your hearts too heavy for noise.



  21. Tony
    September 11, 2008 2:22 pm

    I remember, too.



  22. Blueline1925
    September 11, 2008 3:14 pm

    I was in NYC on 9/10/01, and I’ll never forget how hard it rained during the early evening. A few friends and I were supposed to go down to lower Manhattan on 9/11, but I didn’t feel well and took a train back home.

    I woke up the next morning to the sound of my cell phone ringing repeatedly with people telling me the news…

    Luckily, for my friends who stayed in NYC, they drank too much the night before and awoke when they heard the sounds of the planes going into the towers.

    At the time, I was pissed that I was going to miss a night of partying in NYC and a trip to see the Statue of Liberty because I was sick, but in the end, I’m thankful for my luck.



  23. Dan (Not Onarato)
    September 11, 2008 3:55 pm

    Your silence speaks volumes PG…

    Never. Forget.



  24. CS Keys
    September 11, 2008 6:39 pm

    As Renee said above, “I will always remember, I will always be angry.”



  25. KGC
    September 11, 2008 7:17 pm

    If you have the fortitude, watch this amateur video… filming about 26 minutes from a 36th floor location about 1,500 feet away from the WTC… Titled.. “What We Saw Never before-released video of the WTC attacks” [Here is a never before-released video of the WTC attacks. This has to be the clearest and most detailed video surrounding the terrorist attack on the towers. The video is graphic in depicting the collapse of the first tower.].. Please pay close attention to the contemporaneous comments made by the young lady who is filming (“OMG. People are jumping”. “OMG. The towers are gone.”) You will cry. I did.

    I will never forget. I will never forget where I was on 09/11/01. I was working at home and reading posts on http://www.freerepublic.com when the news was first posted. I turned on the television and watched the 2nd plane hit the WTC.

    I had a meeting in Downtown Pittsburgh later that morning with my Company’s banker and received an urgent call from my wife at USAirways who said “Get out of whatever building you’re in. Now.” She knew about the AA flight that circled by Pittsburgh and crashed.

    I will always remember. I will never forget. I will be forever angry. And sad.



  26. KGC
    September 11, 2008 7:19 pm

    To all… Not sure what happended, but here is the link to the video…

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5474006551011489413



  27. KGC
    September 11, 2008 7:23 pm

    Listen closely to the background and the discussion between the two female voices.. you will hear children’s songs playing.. I would venture to say one is the Mother and one is the Nanny.

    Never forget. For our children. And their children. And their children’s children.



  28. Lori
    September 11, 2008 8:20 pm

    I am a 6th grade teacher. We had red,white and blue day at our school today too. I had a brief conversation with my students this morning and asked them why we were honoring this day. Most of them were in preschool at the time and their memories were about what they saw their parents/relatives go through or what they saw on tv that day (which surprised me, considering that they were 4 and the news was quite graphic that day, that they were even allowed to watch all of that). I have mixed feelings about this. Maybe it’s good that they have so few memories, but I think it’s important for them to know about the history of the day and the implications for the future. I told them about my memories of that day and how I will probably always remember what I was doing, wearing, etc. that day. Also, on that date 7 years ago, our school was having open house night. Tonight, we were having open house night again. That was a very strange feeling for me.



  29. Burgh Wanna Be
    September 11, 2008 9:16 pm

    I will always remember.

    United 93
    American 11
    United 175
    American 77
    Pentagon
    World Trace Center

    All those affected around the world by this horrific event…….



  30. Goob
    September 11, 2008 9:57 pm

    Ten years ago, more or less, my brother and I were visiting a friend at his apartment a couple of blocks west of Columbus Circle. It was one in the morning when he said, “I’ve got roof access,” and we grabbed our drinks and took the elevator upward to be fifty-two stories above the street, held back from the drop by a timid, three foot wall. We didn’t care; the sky was huge up there, and the lights, below us, too: Hell’s Kitchen, The Empire State. The towers stood proud, then, a little lonely among all those smaller buildings, down there on the end of the island that was theirs, all theirs.

    Seven years ago my uncle walked out of an early meeting in the South Tower and got into a cab at eight in the morning, whisked away uptown to other things. My brother was already at work, too, at an illustration studio up on 41st. I spent the afternoon relaying messages from him, when he could get them to me (he couldn’t get them to anyone else) and that night I looked up and saw he lights of a lone plane, tearing across an otherwise utterly empty sky.

    Four years ago, I was driving up 95 to visit my grandfather, and for a moment through the warehouses and the trees I saw the new skyline with my own eyes, the first time. There was such a gap there. Moments later, I nearly got run into the shoulder by a huge monster of a vehicle, merging without signal, the driver chatting happy on a phone and children in the back, each watching their own movie on their own movie screen.

    We’re doing it wrong.