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Monday, September 09, 2002

Monday Mission

PromoGuy says his mood is solemn. Mine is too. I didn't think I would be doing any more of these things, but I checked this week's Monday Mission and was a little surprised by the depth of some of the questions. Even though, at first glance, I don't think I'll be able to answer all of these, here goes:

1. Where were you and what was happening in your life the moment when you first became aware of what was happening at the World Trade Center in New York City last September 11th? What was the first thing you did when you heard the news? I was getting ready for work. My youngest daughter, who was a junior in high school, was getting ready for school. As usual, we flipped on the Today Show. (Even though I worked part-time for CNN at the time, I didn't care for CNN's morning line-up. I make this a parenthetical comment because, now, it seems so insignificant.) Somehow, my daughter and I both ended up in the living room at the same time — shortly after the first tower was hit. The voice of whoever was doing the talking on the Today Show (I don't recall the voice at this time), was drowned out by my daughter and me. Neither of us could believe our eyes. She was asking me what I thought had happened. I was trying to make sense of it. Couldn't. After a few moments, I went back to my bedroom to finish getting ready. Then I heard my daughter's voice yell out, "oh my God, another plane just hit the other building." For as much as I was in shock, I knew what was happening. I yelled back to her, "it's terrorists." A few seconds later, when I got back to the living room, my daughter was sitting on the sofa. She said, "we're under attack."

2. When those truly responsible for the attack are apprehended, what do you think would be the most fitting form of justice? For as much as I've gone back and forth on the death penalty, I believe that death would be a fitting form of justice in this case.

3. This will probably be much like when our parents respond to "Where were you when JFK was shot?"- an event never forgotten by those who were there. But how do you think the history books should present the 9-11 attacks? Should it be included for all future generations? How can we truly convey the shock, the outrage, the emotions and pain of that day to the children of our children? Let us never forget. NEVER!

4. No one in that building, in the Pentagon, or on the planes (other than the terrorists) knew that 9-11 would be their last day to be alive. For me, it brought home the reality that I could be gone at anytime, without any warning. Now, I really want each day to have some value. Did the events of 9-11 bring about a change in the way you live your life? Not really, no. I do what I have to do. I think I've always been that way.

5. Several who loved to fly in planes will not step foot in one anymore. Many parents are more protective of their children. A year later, do you find yourself feeling more secure than back then? Or is it just a matter of time before something else happens? I don't feel any more or less secure. Knowing that we deployed troops to Afghanistan didn't make me feel more secure either. Knowing that the FBI and CIA and all those other initialed agencies are reworking the way they deal with intelligence doesn't make me feel any more secure. Sitting here in Springfield, Illinois, I'm cognizant of the fact if someone wants to cause us harm, there may be nothing anyone can do about it. There may be no way to see it coming.

6. The best way for me to honor the those impacted by the attack will be to refrain from any media that day. No papers, no radio and especially no television. Others will light candles, and others will attend special services. What, if anything, will you do to personally reflect on the tragedy? Other than reflecting, and thinking and still trying to figure out, I don't know yet.

7. One of the visuals that touched me the most were the walls and walls full of hand made "Missing" posters. What image will you always have in your mind when you recall the events of 9-11? That of the those towers falling to the ground. Also, Lisa Beamer. I can't begin to imagine how she found the courage to do what she did.

BONUS: Who's gonna come around when you break? I can't break.

Posted by Marie at September 9, 2002 11:55 PM