This year, the same as every year since 2001, I will take time to remember the still unbelievable events of 9/11 after I drop the boys off at school. In the past I would listen to a local radio station rebroadcast their show from that morning, starting at 8:45, the time the first plane hit the north tower. Here is a link to that broadcast. Many of my friends and neighbors experienced 9/11 first hand in one way or another and I know we are all still changed by that day. Those of us who were lucky enough not to lose someone important to us still lost a piece of our innocence and security.
I am going to remember 9/11 differently this year. I am going to remember the people in my life at that time and all of the good memories we have of lower Manhattan. I will remember the view above while Todd and I took the ferry to Battery Park to go roller blading. I will remember listening to swing bands with Megan and Mike at the bar at the Windows on the World – the first place I tried a “Manhattan.”
And having dinner at Windows on the World where Michael Lomonico was the chef.
I’ll remember the crazy elevators from the path train under the World Trade Center.
And the Lechters, J Crew and other stores that we used to shop in there. Of course, we will remember the heroes and victims of that terrible day. But this year I am going to remember the days before 9/11 as well.
We will still never forget, but thankfully it is getting easier to remember.