I Remember.

It’s been an emotional day as I’ve had to try to answer the many questions my kids have about the attacks.

It’s important that they know and that I remember— there is so much we have to be grateful for.  That there truly is evil in the world and also that great good can come out of tragedy.

I’m glad it only comes once a year….still. It’s good to remember. It gives me perspective on the blessed life I lead.

—Beetle Blogger

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13 Comments

  1. Cynical Nymph said,

    September 14, 2009 at 7:39 am

    I know this is a very subjective matter, but as a New Yorker (both then and now), I find the repeated use of video of the towers very disturbing. I have friends who’ve literally stopped watching TV and doing anything online but email during the first two weeks of September. I think I might have to join them next year if this keeps up. Remembering is certainly important, but seeing the videos is like a fist in the gut. Around this time of year it’s somewhat like being punched over and over and over again. This year wasn’t so bad on the actual day, since the weather here was cloudy, rainy, windy – totally unlike that day. But the past two days couldn’t be more similar to that day, and it’s hard to shake off this year. (At first I thought it was just me, but people keep echoing it to me the past two days.) It will never be possible to forget that day or anything that happened because of it – events or feelings. Videos of burning buildings don’t really add anything new to the memories or insight at this point, for me. Just something to think about next year.

  2. beetlebabee said,

    September 14, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Remembering is part of the healing, and part of the prevention. You’re right that it is an individual feeling, but it’s been 8 years. I never want to forget that day because it was brought on in part by the complacency of our nation. Since then we’ve been much more alert and cautious. I appreciate the fact that no more attacks have come to our shores since that day, but they haven’t stopped in other places. We need to remember that we’re not untouchable, infallible. We need to remember also what’s important too. One of the things that hit me that day as I watched and rode the emotional rollercoaster of events as they unfolded was our mortality and our ultimate dependence on God. I disdain anything that is kitsch, casual, or designed to frivolously yank my emotions around, but this is not that. It’s real to me.

  3. Cynical Nymph said,

    September 14, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I guess what I was trying to say is that seeing planes ram into buildings and watching those buildings crumble in fire and ash tends to provoke visceral memories in those of us who were in Manhattan or the surrounding areas that day and that entire autumn (because that’s how long the burning smell lasted). It’s going to be really hard ever to forget. Anything. Video that shows people plummeting to their deaths to escape a hellish inferno IS designed to frivolously yank emotions around, as far as my emotions go. I have yet to speak with anyone who was in New York or D.C. that day who wouldn’t find this kind of video in bad taste.

  4. beetlebabee said,

    September 14, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I guess we will have to agree to disagree on this one then. I am not from New York but I have experience with personal emotional trauma and know what true visceral reactions are like as you relive a tragic event in your life. I guess my question to you is why did you watch the video knowing what it does for you? For those of us who lived a little further out (I lived in Boston until just before the attacks) perhaps it is a little different, I don’t know because I’m not you. However, I do feel it’s important for me and for my children to tell about that day and let them understand how it really was. Is the holocaust museum in bad taste? or the shots of Martin Luther King or JFK’s assassinations? I don’t personally think so. They serve a purpose.

  5. Cynical Nymph said,

    September 14, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I confess, I didn’t watch it. A fellow reader mentioned to me what was on it. As far as your allusions to MLK, JFK, and the Holocaust… you’re right: we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. (FWIW, I do find graphic videos of the assassinations and of mass killings not strictly necessary for repeated viewing. The film of JFK is particularly graphic, as are the images of people plummeting to their deaths.) I’ll have to consider whether I agree with you that violent, graphic images serve a purpose different from that served by comprehensive education that builds critical thinking skills. At this point, I’m not sure those videos do that. But, there is room for all different experiences and opinions in the blogosphere.

  6. petere said,

    September 14, 2009 at 9:19 am

    What I can’t understand is why they haven’t built the towers back again. It remains an open wound, same as it was 8 years ago. It’s terrible. They need to build and move on. Let 9-12 be a memory of the past. As it is, it’s like it just happened yesterday.

  7. petere said,

    September 14, 2009 at 9:21 am

    oh, and I agree the vids and pics are hard to watch, but we can’t bury them. We shouldn’t forget what happened to us. It wasn’t just an attack on NY’ers, it was an attack on all of us. I watched that movie that came out about the plane that went down in PA. It was powerful.

  8. beetlebabee said,

    September 14, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Petere, that’s a good point about the towers not being rebuilt. I don’t really understand why that is. CN, do you know?

  9. Cynical Nymph said,

    September 14, 2009 at 9:27 am

    They’ve been really bogged down in bureaucratic squabbles over all the memorial designs, petere. It’s a really sad situation. And the economy hasn’t helped with the financing issues, I think. I’m actually woefully under-informed on the rebuilding issue.

    I don’t think the videos should be buried either. It’s just very hard each year to see them over and over and over again, and there are additional ways to remember the tragedy beyond going for the visual shock angle, as I feel these videos do. They’re designed to grab your eyes and hold onto them. The Zapruder film does the same thing, if you know what you’re watching before the actual shots occur. I like to mark the day with recent pictures of Manhattan, to remind myself that life has gone on, and, as beetlebabee points out, that we haven’t been attacked again. For me, and for many of my friends and family, that serves as a poignant and stirring reminder.

  10. petere said,

    September 14, 2009 at 9:37 am

    It’s hard to really wrap your mind around what happened unless you experienced it or you see the pics for yourself. 8 years is a long time, nothing’s happened again so far. I hope it stays that way, but sooner or later they’ll probably get through to us again. It’s a shame about the bureaucratic snafus. I really would like to see something done about that hole in NY. That would give people something positive to look at, a happy ending to the tragedy so to speak.

    Did you see the flight 93 movie? What did you think?

  11. beetlebabee said,

    September 14, 2009 at 9:49 am

    One of the best things about this tragedy is the everyday heroes that came out. I didn’t see the movie, but the flight 93 story really makes you wonder what you would have done if you were in a similar situation. I feel the same way about the firemen at the twin towers. I’m still a little in awe over what they did.

  12. Ann said,

    September 14, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I appreciate Cynical’s feelings. It’s hard to go through, even for me. I can’t imagine being there. For me, the pictures are all I have to make it real. That was a defining moment in our generation. I wish I understood it better.

  13. Charlie said,

    September 14, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I agree we must never forget that tragic day for the 3000 plus people who died and everyone else who suffered.


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