I Still Remember. Je Me Souviens Encore.

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It is almost indecent to remember of a sad, tragic day when surrounded by natural beauty.

Fourteen years have passed, and yet I can still hear the phone that woke me up on September 11, 2001.

6:00 a.m. phone calls are rarely good news.

A last minute dinner invitation had made my husband change his early morning flight for the following day. He drove home, exhausted but safe.

Today I still remember, and my thoughts are with everyone who has lost a spouse, a partner, a friend, a colleague, or a neighbor on that dark morning and also with the people who work hard, often backstage, to protect us and our freedom.

 

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Il est presqu’indécent de se souvenir d’un jour triste et tragique lorsqu’on est entouré de beauté naturelle.

Quatorze années ont passé, et pourtant je me souviens encore du coup de fil qui me réveilla le 11 septembre 2001.

Les appels téléphoniques de 6 heures du matin sont rarement porteurs de bonnes nouvelles.

La veille, mon mari avait reculé d’une journée son vol du 11 pour une invitation à diner de dernière minute. Il rentra en voiture jusqu’à la Californie, épuisé mais sain et sauf.

Aujourd’hui je me souviens encore, et mes pensées sont avec ceux et celles qui ont perdu un conjoint, un partenaire, un ami, un collègue, ou un voisin en ce jour tragique et aussi avec ceux et celles qui depuis ce jour ont la tâche difficile, et souvent dans l’ombre, de nous protéger ainsi que nos libertés.

 

 

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And because books are always there for us, two children’s picture books filled with hope for today :

 

September 12 :We Knew Everything Would Be All Right by Masterson Elementary School

Written by a class of first graders from Missouri, it’s a heartfelt book from kids who were one of my daughters’ age back then.

 

The Survivor Tree by Cheryl Somers Aubin

The story of the tree that grew back from its ashes and is part of the 9/11 Memorial. I saw the tree this summer and it is a beautiful symbol of renewal. The book is as well.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Beautiful reminder Evelyne – Thank you. Hug your husband a little tighter today.

  2. I remember the day too, Was at work enjoying a good lunch with some friends when I saw the news, I still can’t erase that from my mind and I don’t want to either, true heroes saved lives that day.

  3. Behind the Story says:

    A beautiful tribute, Evelyne.

    • Thank you, Nicki. Time has passed and this is why I mentionned the picture books. I think it’s great to move on, still remembering, but knowing that we can be better than hate and violence. See you on your great blog.

  4. Beautiful Evelyne. I was working near the Hancock building while my husband was near the Willis/Sears Tower in Chicago. It was surreal and horrible. My hearts aches for all those who suffered and lost loved one.

    Fondly,
    Elizabeth

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