In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 someone assured me that things would go back to normal. I knew, that for me, and others who were living in the NY Metro area, DC/VA & Eastern PA, at the time, that would never happen. We would, and have, achieved a new normal, even a good one, but, even with that, our lives will always be divided into before and after. “Never Forget” will always be more than a touching slogan or a pithy bumper sticker.
How do I feel? Sad, with the heavy memories of that day and the weeks following; Angry, that those not directly affected, seem so willing to “just move on” and expect me to do the same; Furious, at those who would use our pain for political gain or worse as an excuse to promote ethnic and/or racial hatred; Hopeless, that things will be any different next year or the one after that.