This has been a very difficult anniversary for me. I know there are people who lost a lot on that day, and by comparison, my losses seem small.
I lived and worked in the DC suburbs back then, and I felt the shockwaves from the Pentagon when the airplane hit. My then 5-year-old was very traumatized, especially when she learned that her Sunday school teacher worked in the section of the Pentagon that had been hit by the plane. It was shortly after September 11 that my 7-year-old decided she should join the armed forces, a decision that she is still working toward. It was just a few days after September 11 that my husband and best friend decided he needed to rethink his religious views, a decision that has made it difficult for us to talk about religion, politics, and other issues even after 10 years.
I remember that day very well. Who would have thought that it would still be so difficult all these years later?