It seems so impossible that the events of September 11, 2001 ever unfolded, so unreal. That whole day felt unreal as it happened. It seems unreal that, today, most of my students don’t have memories of that day. How is it possible that anyone doesn’t have those vivid images seared into them ..but they were too young. What seems the most unreal to me by far, however, is how quickly so many who were there, glued to their tvs, on the ground in Washington or New York, seem to have, if not forgotten…diminished and diluted the memory of how horrific that day was. I read so many comments from people online where they give it and the threats that have in no way gone away a big shrug, are dismissive, and even cavalier about it.
I will never forget. I’ll never forgive. I’ll never dismiss the crazy rantings of extremists again because I won’t forget that they mean exactly what they say.