|Tuesday September 11th 2001 started
off like any other day for me
rustling kids off to school, stopping
for breakfast at McDonalds and
arriving at work my usual 10 minutes late. Normal -- until I realized my favorite morning DJ on the radio was not involved in a wacky moment
but was speaking in a very serious tone telling his listeners that there was an unconfirmed explosion at the World Trade Center but reports
were coming through it might have been an airplane. Stay tuned for more details.
By the time I got into my office and turned on the television, it was
pretty much confirmed that it was indeed an airplane. It was as I stood
The rest of the morning was a panic amid confirmed and unconfirmed reports
of a truck bomb exploding at the White House, a hijacked plane
Then there was the complete and total feeling of helplessness as I watched the towers collapse into oblivion.
I was full of fear.
I dont know exactly when my fear turned into anger, but I am pretty
sure it was when I learned that our President was reading a storybook
The White House and the Pentagon have the most protected air space in
the world yet a plane flew right into the Pentagon. That makes me
I have watched grief turn into greed. That makes me angry.
The trampling of our Constitution makes me angry.
The prior knowledge of September 11th makes me angry.
The Evil-Doers make me angry on both sides.
The Lies make me angry.
The loss of so many innocent lives makes me angry. This includes those we bombed in Afghanistan.
But it is with anger that I can make changes. When it was simply fear,
I could not do anything. Anger allows determination. Anger allows
In times such as these, Anger can be a good thing.
Tara, August 20, 2002