10:30: Before sleeping, President Bush enters into his journal: “The Pearl Harbor of the 21st century took place today…We think it’s Osama bin Laden.”
I couldn’t sleep that night, 10 long years ago. I remember wondering if anyone was sleeping and if so, were they sleeping well? I too thought back to Pearl Harbor. I wondered how we would respond. I hoped we’d learned from our mistakes and the new day and days ahead wouldn’t see the rounding up and internment of people because of nothing other than their country of origin or their religion. I knew it had been less than 24 hours, just over 15 in fact since the whole nightmare of a day began – but it felt like a lifetime.
I know as I tried to sleep I had no idea what the dawn would bring, but I thought a lot about what the last day had taken … had had stolen.
As I look back now at the changes to air travel and air security, at the new powers given our law enforcement and military, at the searches at sporting events, at a decade of war in two far off countries … at all the life lost both beginning that day 10 years ago and in response to the attacks – I wonder what will come next.
I hope I have learned that life changes on a dime. That sometimes a day is a lot less than 24 hours. To not let days just go by … though I’m guilty of not truly living to the truth of the sentiment in such a statement. I’m striving to truly live it. To get better at it each day.
Thank you for indulging me today as I’ve relived that day from 10 years ago in detail. I hope it wasn’t excruciating. I hope your memories of September 11th are as emotional and deeply-felt as mine are. I hope you’ve made peace with any ill will toward anyone you harbored that morning 10 years and 22 and one half hours ago. I hope it took you a very short space of time to do so.
I hope for the best. I pray for God’s grace to deal with the worst if it comes. I think we all do.