I never know what to write on September 11. Last year it was on a Thursday, so I wrote it as a Love Thursday post. This year, the thing I am most aware of is that this is the first September 11 in five that I have not been in New York and, more specifically, in downtown Manhattan. In 2007 and 2008, in fact, I was at a job where the windows of my floor at work overlooked Ground Zero.
This year, in Washington, DC, the anniversary feels less immediate – in fact, it hit me today that walking around downtown DC, you would not necessarily know that it was September 11, whereas in New York, there would be no way of not knowing.
I was actually in Washington on September 11, 2001, and the thing I remember the most vividly from right before learning about the attacks was how almost unnaturally blue the sky had looked that morning. It was truly technicolor blue – something I remember noticing that morning.
As I did last year, I looked around to see what other bloggers had written about the anniversary, because I invariably never know what to write. Monica at Ciao Chessa and Kelly at Starting Anew both wrote very moving pieces. And I read Melita’s post on how September 11 is a bittersweet day for her as it is also the anniversary of her starting to date Ryan.
And I also loved this article in the Washington Post about how September 11 is becoming a day of service. Thank you to Ellecubed for mentioning it on twitter.