Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Nearly a Decade Ago

...our twins were born on September 5, 2001.

Nearly a decade ago, a terrorist of theretofore unimaginable guile wrought havoc on American soil  September 11, 2001.

Today, I wish a sense of peace to those who experienced such tremendous loss on that terrible day.

To the U.S. military and their families, thank you for your incredible sacrifice in efforts to prevent further loss of life at the hands of one so ardently determined to kill not only our people, but our way of life.

I will not celebrate that treacherous individual's death; I cannot ever celebrate death.

However, I can---and do---rejoice that he can do no more harm.

This past weekend, Sarah drew a picture she entitled "Feelings."

By design, she and her brother are still fairly naive regarding the horrific events their birth week. Yet somehow, these simple images---and the words she used to describe them---express my current feelings well.
What words describe your feelings right now?
[Please do be kind to others; disrespectful, insensitive comments will be removed.]

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Holly Ann said...

This a very well-articulated post and I agree with you wholeheartedly. I cannot celebrate the death of human being. However, I do celebrate the fact that the world is now a bit safer than it was before. I am also cautious - the man may be dead, but his ideas are not (quite sadly).

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Terra said...

A well said post! It is interesting that "he" is dead. it doesn't change much but it does prove some. A victory for our armed forces for sure.

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

Cheryl, thank you for putting my conflicted thoughts into words. I was uncomfortable with the "celebrations" that I saw on television and the words that were splayed across FB yesterday morning, but I couldn't really figure out why.

I agree...I will not rejoice in death or what his death will bring upon us (because that scares the bejeezus out of me), but I will rejoice in the fact that he can do no more harm. I rejoice in the fact that those families may find some sort of closure...if that's even possible. I will rejoice in the fact that our military has carried out a daunting task and can possibly return home to their families knowing that they have brought peace to some people.

Thanks for writing this.

Barbara Manatee said...

I think your words are perfectly respectful.

Dolli-Mama said...

I can't put words to my emotions, but this post is perfect.

cat said...

Oh Cheryl, I so wish they did not shoot him. To have a proper and human trial, to hear what he had to say would have been so much better.

Christina Tinglof said...

Here on the west coast we heard the news around 10 pm. My teenage sons started to whoop it up as if we won the Super Bowl. I couldn't put my finger on why it made me feel uncomfortable but I asked them to stop. But your post explains it beautifully. Thank you.