Before Tomorrow Eleven Years Ago

Eleven years ago today.  Before tomorrow eleven years ago.  Life was different.  Some us were still naive.  Some of us had no idea, the level of hate in our very own world.   We weren’t naive enough to think there was so no hate, I mean, we demonstrated it amongst ourselves and towards one another daily, didn’t we?

Sadly, we still do.

But today, eleven years ago, we mostly did not know the level of anger in this world.

Towards us.

The regular people of America.

We lived and died in our own little worlds.  We worked, played and skipped or struggled through our days, unknowingly targets of something we didn’t even know we were a part of.

Eleven years ago today we had our opinions.  We had our lives.  We had the security of living in the safest place in the world.  But for the damage we did to ourselves.  For the most part we are generous.  We are giving.  We help where we can help.  Seldom asking, or even thinking, we needed help ourselves.

We lived in a place that the world poured in to, because being here, is good.

Eleven years ago today we did not know the level of sacrifice some of our men and women would give.  Some gave it without thought, some without even knowing they would be called upon.  We didn’t know the honor that many would die with.

We did not know the commitment to duty that fireman, policeman, clergy, strangers, and fellow human beings in this country had towards one another.

Eleven years ago today so many woke up and lived a normal day.

Not knowing that normal would never be, again.

Eleven years ago today we did not know the depth of hate towards us.

Eleven years ago today was the very last day of our innocence.

Tomorrow, eleven years ago, we will experience horrors like we never expected.

And tomorrow, eleven years ago, the world wept with us.  For us.

Eleven years ago today should be remembered.  Memories of eleven years ago today kept strong.  Think of those, who eleven years ago tomorrow will be gone.   But today, eleven years ago, they lived.  Among us.  With us.

But tomorrow….eleven years ago…

Tomorrow they will be gone eleven years.

Along with how we were.

Before tomorrow.

20 thoughts on “Before Tomorrow Eleven Years Ago

  1. Skip used to say that here in the USA we never had to worry about being attacked… all of that was destroyed on 9-11-2001. I never let anyone say that phrase around me again…we can’t take anything for granted.

    September 09, 2001… my mother died

    September 11, 2001… I was getting ready to go pick up my mother’s ashes at the funeral home… I was in such deep shock, pain…. I heard something that drew my attention to the tv. I stood there looking out of grief-filled eyes, clouded with tears… I saw the first plane attack one of the twin towers.

    I just stood there thinking somewhere in my mind that this wasn’t real… no one would ‘do that to us’. I watched in horror as the second plane struck the other twin tower… I listened to the voices as they told what was happening. It all reached me in that world of grief/shock I was in…. I went into shock more deeply.

    I felt glad for a moment that my mother was gone…. she would have been so afraid if she’d seen that. Isn’t that awful? I’m not glad my mother is gone, I loved her with my very heart.

    This is what goes through my mind every year at this time. I feel such pain inside, along with grief… of wishing I had been a ‘perfect’ daughter.

    I think about all the thousands of people who died that day… ‘that night’ as I watched the news, hearing, seeing that people jumped from those towers… I cried for them, too. My grief was for the thousands that lost their lives… plus 1….. my mother.

    I bet everyone has a memory for that time…. Colleen, your post touched my heart very deeply. Love, GG/G (Granny Gee/Gloria)


  2. Gosh, I’ve been so engrossed in my art production that I had totally forgotten about 9/11. How is that even possible. Goodness, I need to get back to what matters. Sept. 11th always reminds me of my aunt breaking her neck, as she did that a short while after. She’s been paralyzed ever since. Great post, my friend!


    • Thank you Kathy. I think we all associate something with 9/11. And none of it seems to be good, but for the period of time where as Americans we all seemed to love one another a little more. I’m so sorry for your aunt. I know it’s affected us so very much.


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