Monday, September 11, 2006

In Remembrance…

I hope you don’t mind, but this post will be a little different today. I’ll get back to my regular dose of nothing worthwhile tomorrow.

At the very end of July 2001, my wife and I flew up to New Hampshire and then to Maine for a family reunion. We had a long wait on the tarmac at the airport in Newark and realized that we might get to fly past New York. In anticipation, we got out our digital camera (you remember the old ones that cost $500 for a 1 megapixel unit).


As we took off in the little puddle jumper that would take us up the coast, we got an aerial tour of New York City. Although we certainly weren’t expecting it, we got to see many of the landmarks the city is famous for. We were treated to views of the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and even Yankee Stadium. But as we would come to realize just 2 short months later, our real highlight was getting to pass the World Trade Center and its 2 magnificent towers. The picture to the left was taken simply and casually as a tourist would take a picture of something they recognize. It has now become as cherished as any photo from that entire wonderful trip.

I post it in remembrance of this day 5 years ago when this country was forever changed. As we reflect on the events of that day, please keep the families, friends and coworkers of everyone touched and affected by September 11th, as well as this country of ours, in your prayers.

9 comments:

Dr. A said...

None of us will forget what we were doing that day. I'm kind of inspired to write my own. Great post.

Odat said...

WOW! Nice shot...to be cherished,as you stated,because it was taken by you. Thank you for remembering.....
Peace :-)

Lizza said...

Great photo, great post, Michael. Different from the usual, but still wonderful.

thethinker said...

Beautiful picture. Beautiful post.

PARLANCHEQ said...

What a wonderful memory. It's still amazing to me to think the towers aren't there anymore. I still get choked up about it and I did not even personally know anyone directly affected. :(

the reflectorist said...

Very simple and heartfelt post. Did anyone see the cover of the current New yorker magazine, or the one for 9/11 in 2001? The presence of absence. The unbearable lightness of being.

Michael C said...

Thank you all for visiting and commenting today, and for allowing me to write something a little different. It's appreciated!

mist1 said...

Nicely done. Appreciated.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Your post gave me chills. And I'm from NY, although I haven't lived there in many years. Isn't it eery how sometimes things that seem so ordinary, like taking a tourist photo from a plane, can become so significant later? Maybe everything we witness is special, but we're usually too busy to notice.

Thanks for sharing this.