Sunday, September 11, 2011
Watch A&E today for the best coverage of 9-11 Memorial. It will be a very good variety of shows, specials, insights, and movies. It's the only channel I'll be watching today.
It's always a tough thing making a memorial to a large group of beloved citizens who died so suddenly, there were few goodbyes and many lives undone.
I woke up on the morning of 9-11-01 to a nightmare. I sat up screaming out. A man was flying a plane into my garage door and shouting in triumph. My husband at the time came rushing into the room where I was wiping my brow. "Come and see this--you won't believe it!" I got up and stumbled into the living room to see on the TV smoke billowing from a building. "A plane hit one of the Twin Towers." He told me. I watched as a second plane came and crashed.
My very first thought? "What the hell is wrong with the traffic controllers?" I was still bleary-eyed and thought it was a small commuter prop plane.
"No, these were big passenger planes." My husband assured me.
I couldn't comprehend the events as they unfolded. The horror just seemed to grow and no one knew how big it would grow. I walked outside later in the day to study the empty skies. In my entire lifetime, the skies had never been empty.
The world had just changed.
I tend to find good things in things that go wrong. We learn, we evolve, we do things better. We learned a lot that day about how lax our airplane security was. We also learned that America wasn't so isolated from terrorism that one sees in Europe. We grew up a lot on that day.
So, this beautiful museum that will hold relics of the wreckage and items that underwent great heat, pressure, and death--will it be "haunted"?
Although I do not believe in soul attachment to items, I do believe that in the right conditions, an item can hold a residual energy and when combined with others, can create a lot of strange phenomena. It's a kind of psychic feng shui issue.
Will the museum be haunted? I actually think the combination of it being in the ground, near water, filled with metal and concrete and all these items--I would not be surprised at all if it begins to have activity almost from the minute they open it to the public. We might look at that phenomena and ongoing uneasiness and that is what, perhaps, the museum should provide. Those who died would want us to remain a bit edgy, a bit protective of the peace, a bit more determined to get along.