2001-09-29 / Letters

The Spirit Carries On

The Spirit Carries On

Dear Editor;

The air will never smell the same. There will always be the acrid tinge of death that lingers. Children will never play the same. There will always be that fear of making to much noise. Life will never be the same again, and there will always be the understanding that this great city was punished in a vile way that no beautiful landscape should have been.

Our hearts and spirits are broken forever… Now, we may still see things of beauty and we may still marvel at the miracle of life, but the great rumble that caused our timeless monuments to crumble will cause a pain in every person’s soul for all time.

In the early morning aftermath the gaping hole said it all, the huge hole will stand as an everlasting symbol of a great city brought to its knees in pain and despair.

How do we explain this horrible nightmare to our precious children? Tell me, what can we say to them? Can we say that madmen came out of nowhere in the sky and destroyed our way of life forever?

Can this act of unspeakable violence ever make sense to the children; does it make sense to you or me? Do I care who they are? Did they care who their victims were? They only cared that we were Americans.

We are Americans who feel pain and terror, but most importantly, we are Americans who grieve.

There is uncontrolled wailing and my feelings are both anger and rage. I know that there must be retribution with great pain inflicted on the culprits, but we must not blindly strike out against Muslims and Arabs. Most Muslims and Arabs in this country are good Americans.

New York City is handicapped forever America is scarred for life. Our compassion shall prevail. Our resilience will endure, and we will also extract our revenge.

We shall forever fear the sounds of approaching aircraft. We will fear what those sounds could bring. However, we will move on.

There will be moving tributes and memorials for the victims who perished, flags at half staff, tears for the loved ones and yes sorrow for ourselves.

Time will pass, children will return to schools life will seem almost normal again but for all time things have changed.

We will go on, we must our beautiful skyline has sunk as if into the sea as did the titanic never to be seen again.

BOBBI BLAIR


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