Beauty and Sorrow

Yesterday once again an anniversary of 911 arrived on the calendar. I thought about it in the morning, remembering the bewilderment and sense of disbelief I felt on that long ago morning. How at school colleagues and I would go on with the day, proceeding with lessons planned, yet being drawn again and again in our in-between moments to gather around a television watching silently, at a loss for words. Although far removed in distance from the sites where the tragic events unfolded, we felt at one with our fellow Americans. I remembered my thought over and over that day of loved ones disappearing into thin air…

Yesterday we were at school with no students since our district has begun the year virtually. There was no 911 program. I wore a flag pin to remember and honor the day, but it felt empty.

Late in the evening, I saw the daily sunset photo from the lake. It soothes my heart- the beauty of America, an ordinary scene of natural beauty combined with the sorrow represented by our flag at half staff. A fitting remembrance of the day.

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6 Responses to Beauty and Sorrow

  1. Julie says:

    This was a lovely tribute. It echoes my feelings about the day too.

  2. Ramona says:

    Thanks for sharing the sunset photo. It says what we feel in our hearts as we remember and honor those lost and those who worked so hard to save others. I watched an inspiring video this morning about The Boatlift (

  3. Loralee says:

    Your photo and reflection … so moving.

  4. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    It is still such a solemn day. I talked to my 6th graders who they will probably have a tragedy at some point in their life that they remember much like I remember 9/11. Yes, you have captured the beauty and the sorrow.

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