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Subject: RE: 17 years on
Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time: 4:41:41 AM
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To me anyway, it doesn't seem like yesterday, it seems like a long time ago. I have a way of taking the bad things in life and not letting them stand out forever in my mind, it's a great way to get past things, and in turn, 9/11 seems so very long ago to me. Not that I'll ever forget it of course, it goes down as one of the saddest days ever that I can recall living through. I think everybody who was around back then feels that still.
I recall it was my oldest grandson's birthday that day and we all know how preteens are with their bdays, there's such a buildup to that day for them. So even with all that was happening, the first thing I said to him that nite on the phone when I called him, was "Happy birthday son", and the first thing he said to me was "I'm not happy at all grandpa, my birthday is ruined forever". I understood how he felt, as back in 1986(?), the space shuttle blew up on my birthday, and that's how I felt too, but I was an adult on that sad day and I wasn't turning 7 years old, either (or however old he was back then).
The other thing I recall best on this, but I didn't post about it here until a few days after 9/11 took place, was how I was on Long Island visiting my parents and leaving NY to get back home to Colorado, and I was feeling depressed sitting on the train that was taking forever to leave this one station somewhere on northern LI, as I was heading into Manhattan and Penn Station. I was depressed because I had just said "goodbye" to my dad, who was so deep into his dementia and I knew as I left him and mom at the railway station that it more than likely was gonna be the last time I would ever see him alive. So it was maybe 10 minutes after saying goodbye to them, and I'm sitting there feeling low, and the station I was stuck at was a elevated station, and while it was a good 20 miles from NYC, you could see the NYC skyline from there in the far distance, and that great view always got to me, it was like looking at a mountain range from a distance. Back then the World Trade Center with it's twin towers sat at the very end of that view, and it always looked to me like it was holding up the rest of the city, it was always the best part of that great setting. So when I saw that view, in a instance it put a smile on my face and made me feel just a bit better. Who knew the best part of that view would be gone forever in just 2 or 3 days?
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