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Thursday Re-View — Americans All

[9/11 Memorial Museum Dedication Week]

She was beautiful.

Dressed in a fashionable ensemble, a dusty rose hijab with black piping covering her hair, she stood hesitant, alone, lost.

I asked how I could help. Her voice quiet, reserved, she told me her son was not quite 19 years old when he was called to the towers on 9/11 as a first responder.

No, this 18-year-old young man did not die that day, at least not in the physical sense. Instead, what he saw that day brought him to a place for the living dead – into the world of addiction. Her son was living and breathing, but for 8 long years, they lost him to the downward spiral that was the world of drugs.

But they never gave up on him.

And now he was on his feet, clean and sober, struggling to view the world with clear and steady eyes. He wasn’t yet ready to view the reality of the museum, so his mother was here in his stead.

If only we could offer easy answers for his difficult questions, but we are not foolish in the aftermath.

She grabbed both of my hands and clutched them tightly.

“You can probably tell I’m Muslim. I almost didn’t come today because I didn’t know how I would be received. I didn’t know if I would be accepted.”

My heart broke.

“We are all Americans here,” I answered softly, squeezing her hand in reassurance. “We’re different, but yet we’re all the same.”

After all, those we lost on 9/11 represented more than 90 countries. And she, in a way, lost her son for 8 long years, but at least got him back.

Three thousand other families could not say the same.

Muslim? Christian? Hindu? Buddhist? Agnostic? Atheist? Something else?

It didn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter.

We all lost some one, some thing, a part of ourselves that day. Let us stand united.

Hate solves nothing, while love and peace benefit all.

We are One.

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13 thoughts on “Thursday Re-View — Americans All

  1. So poignant… and so true. I remember where I was when it all happened… You are right, it didn’t and doesn’t matter. It touched/touches all of us.

  2. 9/11 touched all of us………not just Americans!
    Next Monday, January 26 is Australia’s National day (Australia Day) and I have just read one of my favourite bloggers Mabel Kwong http://mabelkwong.com/2015/01/22/
    Mabel is Australian born of Asian parents and even today she gets racist remarks (because of her Asian appearance I guess)
    I find it very sad that she needs to say that ” As an Asian person living in Australia, being Australian has always confused me”
    There needs to be more understanding and acceptance of others, if we are to bring a semblance of peace and unity to our countries.
    As you so succinctly said:
    Hate solves nothing, while love and peace benefit all.

    Best wishes

  3. Reblogged this on The BUTHIDARS and commented:
    Perhaps not Americans all, but People all instead. It’s awful that someone should fear not being accepted because their faith is different when in fact the day itself was not a respecter of faiths and took all. This was one human reaching out to another on an important day. Lets multiply that kindness and do it every day.

  4. Very important message, Theresa.
    We are all children of God. We may choose to worship Him in ways not common to all. Yet He is honored still.
    When one human life is lost its value is confirmed in a God who has counted each hair on our heads.
    As Dr. Martin Luther King said:”If there is injustice anywhere, there is injustice everywhere.”

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