I want to let the victims families of 9/11 know that my thoughts and prayers are with them. I was two months pregnant when the tragedy happened. The day that horrible tragedy happened my heart went out to each and every one of the victims' families. The true heros are the victims, the victims' families and our men and women over in Iraq fighting and our fallen soldiers. God Bless you and your family and America.
*** Posted by Darlene Duplessis (Sanford, Maine) on 2007-01-08 ***
Finally after 36 years of dreaming, I paid a visit to a country I have held dear to my heart 'since birth' (so my family jokes). Southern California, Las Vegas and finally New York. I felt at home straight away. Sightseeing, making the familiar even more familiar. Shopping to my purse was empty. After a shopping spree at Century 21, I began walking and without knowing why my heart felt heavy and a pang of sadness overtook me. Not knowing my way around Manhattan yet, I looked to my right to see a line of horses standing proud with their poilce and ranger riders. Curiosity made me look left where I saw the site to blame for my sadness. I finally realised why I had a pang of sadness. I was glad for the cover of my sunglasses as I felt kind of embarassed being a visitor to the country and feeling like I did. I looked, remembered and quickly walked away. But I did go back, with camera in hand. No horses, just people going about their business. Their business of remembering that day and looking away as they walked past the site.
Then on the ferry to see the Lady, I looked back and saw where the heart should have been. For life I saw the Twin Towers as house and home of the most recognisable cityscape in the world. Now looking at it, you know something is missing!
My heart goes out to those who lost, and if that means everyone, then my heart goes out to everyone. Being a tourist in your wonderful country on September 06, I thank you for the most fantastic and warm time I could have, nothing short of what I ever dreamed. I am not a big city girl, but I fell in love with NY.
I felt a little sad that you have to live in fear every day, and I saw reactions when the baseball player flew into the apartment block. The city stopped as did I.
I have only one gripe, and that is of the tourists who cried and complained over security checks before helicopter rides. If one would channel patience they would enjoy people and places a lot more and realise that the security checks are needed.
I will be back, I promise. I loved your country too much. My friends and family say 'Europe first,' but to be honest, I would be back to USA in a heartbeat if offered.
So I say to everyone...Keep safe, Laugh heaps, love lots and enjoy you and yours!
*** Posted by Ashlee Cottam on 2007-01-04 ***