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11 Years.


Just crazy, that 11 years ago, we were watching as our country was attacked...vulnerable, afraid of what was to come.

And here we are, 11 years later...that day just a horrible nightmare for many of us. It struck me last night as I was planning out my "In the Kitchen with Gram" post, how far away that day now seems. How that horrible day, how all of those emotions have been diluted with time. The hurt still there, but shoved very far back, piled under 11 years worth of life.

Remember how our country rallied together? The patriotism was palpable...and now, 11 years later, in a heated election year, our country feels so divided. So "us against you".

I was asking my father-in-law what our country was like when he was young...if it was this fiercely bi-partisan. His immediate answer was a very strong, no. It was not like this...I wonder if we'll ever get back to a place where the left don't hate the right and vice versa.

Pipe dreams, probably.

My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost loved ones on that horrific day 11 years ago. My heart remains hopeful that our country will continue to rally, and perhaps one day, be as united as we were in those days immediately following September 11th, 2001.

God Bless America!!!


  1. Great post. I think we are so divided because we have the LUXURY to be divided. We feel safe. We feel protected. We aren't economically as prosperous as we'd like...but a nation that can fight so hard with each other about money is in a luxurious state. We are actually very very very lucky to live where we do and when we do. It follows with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. If people took a moment to step back and remember how we felt 11 years ago, how vulnerable we really are; how precious life is and how we pulled together in a time of crisis and remembered that we are one country and have a common thread: we are Americans. If you are safe then nothing else matters. Maybe there would be less division and we'd be more satisfied with our lives if we all remembered that.

  2. I can say that for some of us, 9/11 feels like yesterday. I worked near the White House and watched the smoke from the Pentagon as thousands of us walked out of the city. My church held funerals for flight attendants and the subway smelled like smoke for days. I will never forget how scared I was and the panic on the faces of those who knew someone at the Pentagon.We can never forget.


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