10 September 2006

Not this time. Never forget.

September 11, is not about me. It's about them. 2996 is a collaborative effort by volunteer bloggers nationwide, possibly worldwide. There are 2996 bloggers who have comitted to remember and blogging about one victim of the 9/11/2001 attacks on the world trade center. 2996 blogs are a lot to visit. A lot of reading to do. A lot of pain, and remembrance to consider.

I remember as a young girl my mother would always pause on Dec. 7 of each year to remember. Pearl Harbor day. Now it is almost a forgotten memory. I am not sure many people under the age of 20 could tell you the significance of the date. It was a horrifying event. One the nation hoped would never happen again. But it did.

Sept 11 must live in bright and vivid rememberance for each of us. We must remember the sacrifice made, the heroes killed, and the lives lost. We must each, in some way, remember the horror of the day. Maybe, just maybe, it can unite us. Not against a common enemy, but for each other. Instead of the "me first" mentality, we could begin to adopt a more genteel manner, a willingness to let go and let someone else be first this time. Open a door, assist with someone in need, look into the eyes of those you interact with on a daily basis. Maybe we can quit objectifying people and see the human being inside each of us and extend a bit of love to one another.