Taking a Moment to Pause and Reflect 2023

Try to remember the kind of September

When life was slow and oh, so mellow.

Try to remember the kind of September

When grass was green and grain was yellow.

“Try to Remember,” from The Fantasticks.

Time passes. I find myself disliking the mantra “Never Forget,” because I’m more concerned about what we learned from remembering. If September 11, 2001, was a nightmare, we somehow came together on September 12, 2001, if my memory isn’t so hazy to recall the attempts to help each other.

Have we kept at it? Have we developed resilience and overcome hate and whatever else? Have we made a better world for everyone yet?

Or am I asking for too much with my entirely rhetorical questions? Well, yeah, I am asking for too much…

22 years ago, I was trying to figure out how to make any use of my last year in law school, and then that Tuesday happened, the horrors marring the perfect blue sky. I didn’t imagine the entirely different landscape that we’ve had since. I never imagined that all the crises and calamities we’d be through.

Photo I had taken some years ago, at the Brooklyn Promenade.

Photo of the WTC Memorial, from however many years ago now.

Another photo that I had taken at the Brooklyn Promenade from some many years ago.

In 2021, FC shared this over on Facebook, so I’m passing it along again: “Wake Me Up When September Ends” – Green Day (Cover by First to Eleven):

See here for last year’s post of September 11, 2022. I wish you all a peaceful and thoughtful day. Thanks again for being here. — ssw15

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