i could tell you what i was doing when the twin towers fell.
i could tell you who i was with, what i thought and how i felt.
but i will save that for another day....
i will tell you this, it's when i realized that the lives of all Americans had changed forever....
you may be wondering why a picture of my son would represent 9/11 for me....
i didn't lose a loved one
i didn't lose a friend
i don't know anyone who was there
i have never been to NYC or to the east coast for that matter
but my life has changed since 9/11, and if you are an American, or even if you are not, your world has changed too.
i was mesmerized by the news during that time and really felt bad for what was happening. i knew that things would change, that things had changed, but i didn't know how or when.
then, one day i made a trip to the public library. i wanted to rent a movie but forgot my card at home. normally, i would just tell them my name, they would type it into the computer, and off i'd go.
but not this day, and not since....
the public library wanted to see my i.d. to rent the movie. and, they said they wouldn't rent to me anymore unless i HAD my card.
what was all the security over renting a movie? why should i have to prove who i was to check something out at the public library?
right then it hit me, my world had changed. just like i would never know a time that there were horses and carriages instead of cars, my kids would never know a time that didn't involve security of all kinds.
do i resent the change? of course not, we are all aware that evil exists and we need to take measures to keep people safe.
but its sad....because the innocence is gone. the innocence of trust and being relaxed.
it is gone.....
my children will read about it in books, learn about it in school, and watch movies. but they won't truly understand how things are different. how the world changed on one day.
and i realized all of this at the library...