Thursday, September 8, 2011

I have nothing to add

The 10th anniversary of 9-11 is coming up on Sunday.  I have seen advertisements for TV specials and magazine articles about the subject.  I have had a couple students mention it.  And it feels odd to me.

Every year I feel out of place about this topic.  Some people tell stories of where they were and what they thought.  I rarely talk about me. I'm more apt to tell a story about my husband or some of his friends.  However that feels a bit like a betrayal.  Those that were there are the ones that suffered and deserve the day to remember or forget.  Those that are fighting and the family thereof deserve the day to remember.  To me, telling my story seems so insignificant.  Telling their story doesn't feel like my business.  So I have nothing to add to the conversation.  Therefore these few words are all I have to say about it.  


The only thing more I could say is that I pray for those who do have something to add.




7 comments:

  1. I never have much to add about these things and i always feel like I should when I am asked. But reality is I live miles and miles away and while our lives were changed a great deal with the eventual war, that actual moment in time was just a tv screen for me. I don't know how much I could watch of all of it, but I think I should try and watch some if only out of respect.
    I like your idea of praying for those who do have a story. That is what will make a difference :)

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  2. I loved your title...and your sentiment. As you commented on my blog, we really just need to focus on our obedience to God and follow him. That's the best thing for us to do in light of politics, the world and the craziness all around us

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  3. Thank you for your comments Kim and David. I have been struggling these last couple days to not tell someone else's story. Even if it is impressive or interesting or whatever, it isn't mine to tell. For me, the best I can offer "those who have something to add" is my prayers and my silence. Your encouragement is a blessing!

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  4. dang >.< i know how you feel, i have no idea what i was doing, no idea what honestly happened but on the stuff that i have seen in those educational clips in social studies class every year and then the horrible pictures and news. but like you i just normally dont know what to say? i mean i know i should feel bad about what happened, which i kinda do for the families that lost someone [listened to actual futage of people calling their loved ones in their last moments] and i feel remorse, but other then that i just have no real conection to what happened? every older then me has some great thing to say about what happened but for me all i can say is that it was a tragic day and that i will honestly never first hand experience what happend

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  5. And that's the point, I think. We don't have first hand knowledge, so we never can really know what it is like. I think it's okay not to know what to say. Many times not saying anything is better than saying too much.

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  6. gosh, i thought i was the only one who didn't have the whole, "i remember exactly where i was when i saw it happen", cause i have no idea what happened then. a few years ago was the first time i actually watched the real footage. i've always really wanted to remember what was happening that day. drew's story&pictures of it was probably the only way i could even imagine it, but i know it comes no where close. this year i watched a lot more of the memorial footage and such; it makes me think i have no right say anything compared to those who actually have stories of that day.

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  7. I guess the sentiment is more common than I thought it was.

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