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Feeling Silly on 9/11 + 6

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I spent most of today high up in Boston’s Prudential Tower, and I felt a strange foreboding. Odd, since I haven’t felt that on any other post 9/11/01 anniversary, but perhaps my cousin’s recent death is a contributing factor.

It’s not that I really thought anything would happen — I don’t believe the terrorists will successfully hijack planes in the west again — but I couldn’t shake the gloom today.

However, thanks to George W. Bush, we’ve had no more attacks on our soil. Unless we’re smart enough to elect someone like Condi Rice, or perhaps Rudy Guiliani, in 2008, I’m not sure we’ll be able to keep on saying that.

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September 11, 2007 at 8:07 pm

Sometimes, It Simply Makes No Sense

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One of my aunts called me a couple of days ago, and at first she made small talk. But when she asked me if I read the NYT, I had to laugh and tell her no, I liked my news with truth in it. It was then she told me one of my cousins had died.

I was more than a little taken aback. Though he and I shared a given name, I really hadn’t known him that well (not uncommon I suspect with more distant cousins). Yet we had met a few times, and I remembered him being born. 

He died, along with his wife, stepson, and several pets, in a fire that raged quickly out of control.

The consensus seemed to be that the cause was electrical. It mattered little – he and his wife were trapped. So was the child – all of nine. He was found by the firefighters under his bed along with the pet dog. My cousin was taken from the inferno – still alive, but he succumbed not long after. He was 24. Witnesses reported that the firefighters knelt, crossed themselves, and prayed.

I have not felt right since hearing this news. This person I hardly knew, yet who had a blood connection to me, had died most horribly and far too young. Sometimes, it simply makes no sense.

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September 6, 2007 at 10:58 am

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