Never Forget

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Itsgrayandrainytoday,butsixyearsago,thesunshoneandtheairwascrisp,bringingtomindfootballgamesandbakedapples。

Themorningwasnothingshortofglorious,whichaddedtothepainoftheattacks。

TherehasbeendebateinTheNewYorkTimesandelsewhereabouttheappropriatenessofcommemorating9/11。

Somesayitonlyreopensthewounds。

Somesayitstimetomoveon。

Somesaythelistofvictimsshouldbereadeveryyear。

Thereisnorightanswertowhengrieving,eitherpublicorprivate,shouldbefinished。

Iwasfortunatethatday;IdidnotloseanyoneIloved。

IlivedinWestchester,though,andforweeksthenewspaperwasfilledwiththeobituariesofyoungmenandwomen,manyaroundmyage,someofthemaccompaniedbystoriesofbraveryandkindnessperformedinthefaceoffearanddeath。

ThatswhatIwanttothinkabouttoday,whatIwanttotakeawayfromtheunbearablepainofthatday。

IwanttoconsiderhowImightbekinderinmylife,andthenIwanttobekinder。

Thatwasthegloryof9/11,atleastforawhile:thekindnessesproferredbystrangers。

ThatswhatIwanttoseecontinue。