We went to view Des Moines’ tribute to the lives lost on 9.11.01 – The Healing Field. A flag for each person was raised and a yellow ribbon with the name, age, and location of each person that died that day was attached. Michael suggested we go – it really hit him, seeing all these flags filling a field. Funny how two people can have completely different reactions to an event like a terrorist attack: grief, fear, and anger seem most prevalent, regardless of political affiliation. Things like “how could they?” and “will it happen again?” and “what will the world be like when our kids grow up?” are things we talk about.
So many emotions, even five years later. Patriotism. Love. Hate. Grief. Fear. Resolve. Compassion. Exasperation. Apathy.
Before bed, Michael said to me, “Just remember this: it was for freedom that we have been set free.” Seems like more people need to know that. The whole world needs to know that. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Christians. Not in our heads, but in our hearts.