The school at first wouldn't let us leave without a parent picking us up, but close to dismissal time, they relented and I started walking down the avenue, meeting my mother along the way. That was just luck, because most cell phone service was completely knocked out. It wasn't until 4 in the afternoon that I saw the horrific images that were plastered across the media markets.
The next day, I traveled to the Upper East Side where a friend of mine lived. I have never seen a group of people look as somber as every single person on that subway car looked. There was this woman across from me sitting next to an Indian couple. (In a similar manner of stereotyping to what she presented), This snobby, on-the-other-side-of-middle-age, Upper East Side, short-red-haired white woman looked disgusted, trying as hard as she could to edge away from the couple on the crowded 6-train. Nevermind that the couple wasn't even Arabic. I can't remember another time in my life I personally witnessed such bigotry. I guess you can consider me lucky to say that.
As the years have gone on, though, the image that stands out in my mind the most about the day is this:
Talk about selflessness. Everyone is on their way out to save their lives. And the firemen are only concerned with saving as many lives as they can in the fiery floors above. We all hope we could have that kind of character. They don't ask for anything in return. It's their job. It's natural to them. And it is never over the top to heap as much praise as we can on the servicemen of the world. They are at the top of the list of things that make humanity fantastic.
And the terrorists (and all cold-blooded killers throughout the world) are what make you shake your head, wondering how somebody could ever have that kind of mindset. They are the ones who don't deserve to have blood pumping through their veins. We will never let them win.
Life is strange, but grand and wonderful. Enjoy it while you have it, and thank the ones who make it better for you and help you have life as long as you can.
Here's the Song of the Day.
LET'S. GO. METS.