2001-10-06 / Letters

I’m There In Spirit

I’m There In Spirit

Dear Editor;

I have been a resident of Breezy Point and Belle Harbor for most of my life, and now live in Boston.  Although we have had our share of chaos up there since last week, with most of my family, and many friends still residents of Breezy, Belle Harbor and Broad Channel, I have spent the last week longing to be "home" and feeling helpless.

My brothers Robert and Palmer Doyle are both NY City firemen, and I have been in touch on a regular basis to find that they, along with my sister in law, several cousins, many friends, and my brother Richard, have been at Ground Zero (as it is being called) working fearlessly to do what they can to help. 

At my office in Boston, folks who know that I am a native "Rockawayite" have asked how this situation has affected me, and whether anyone I know has been "touched"?  Hmmm…. How can I make them understand that in Rockaway everyone
has been touched so deeply?  How can I explain what it is like in
Rockaway...and how many of the residents (many of them people I love) are NYFD, NYPD, nurses, and rescue workers right in the thick of all of this...who are continually hit in the face every day with the harsh reality of this horror?

I am so proud to be from this community, but more importantly I am so proud of my family. My brothers have not only been searching at the WTC, but then coming home and checking in on the families of victims they called friend.... bringing cakes and attending services, and reaching out in every way.... most of it done on a minimal amount of sleep.  It blows my mind to think of the hearts and souls of not only them, but of so many other city workers.

As I type this, the tears are falling...tears of sorrow and anguish for the many people I personally knew, but also tears of hope.... because although "this American" has been shaken to the core. I now take much of my energy from following the lead of my family members, and from
other residents of Rockaway. I have now come to believe that if I touch
even one life and help even one person in all of this, in some small way that will be to have succeeded.

It is difficult to explain, but the energy is just different once you cross
the bridge, and I have come to realize that only those who live here can
possibly know exactly what I mean.  May God Bless Rockaway, and May God bless all of you.


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