(This is a re-post from 2012, with a little bit of editing to bring it up-to-date. It’s still rel and true.)
I was lucky enough to visit New York City in 2012 spending a wonderful day with a dear friend, Michele. For a long time I’ve wanted to make the pilgrimage to lower Manhattan and the site of the World Trade Center. Michele was happy to indulge me–she is a native New Yorker, exiled to New Jersey, and very proud to show off her favorite city.
Even though my goal was Ground Zero, I think the most powerful part of the day for me was the walk we took across the Brooklyn Bridge. In the chaos that followed the fall of the Towers, I remember the sea of people I saw on TV rushing across the Brooklyn Bridge trying to find safety.
We all want to be safe.
So, on this day, let’s remember the heroes of 9-11 — the fire fighters, the police officers, the courageous airline passengers facing down high-jackers, the office workers who checked to make sure no one was left behind on the trek down all those stairs to the street, the strangers who helped other strangers get across the Brooklyn Bridge — or uptown — away from the clouds of dust and debris as the Towers came down. All the heroes who helped people to safety that day. And let’s remember the workers and volunteers who came after. And the dogs who helped.
All any of us want is to be safe.
On this day, make a special effort to be gentle and polite to strangers. Hug the people and furbabies that you love. Take joy in being alive and able to appreciate the beautiful and diverse world we live in.
And be safe.