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Hi there - My name is Claudia. I live with my hubby and our two furry kids in Georgia, USA. Originally I am from Germany - southern belle from Bavaria replanted to the Southern US. I am very addicted to knitting - 4-5 projects going at the same time... What can I say...

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Location: Peckerwood, Georgia, United States

Monday, September 11, 2006

Five Years Ago

Yet another horrible event happened on this planet that changed a lot of things for a lot of people – 9/11. I was thinking if I should be writing a post about it or not. And then this morning driving into work, I thought about it and I realized that even my personal life – remember I am from Germany and never lived in New York City – has been touched by this tragedy. I usually don’t write about politics or religion – these are topics I don’t want to discuss on my knitting blog. They are personal and my opinions might rub people the wrong way, which doesn’t mean I won't express them in a conversation – but as I said I don’t think they belong on my knitting blog. So, if you feel this is political and want to skip this entry, please feel free – although I promise it won’t be too sappy, just a recollection of what I remember and feel.

Five years ago I sat in the Munich office of my former boss, a German attorney with an office in Atlanta, waiting for my H-1B visa to be approved by the US Immigration Service. I worked in his Munich office during the summer and the plan was to move to Atlanta once the paperwork was finished. Then 9/11 happened. We all thought that because of 9/11 my visa would get delayed and who knows when it would be approved. But, au contraire (maybe because it was already so close to approval), I was on a plane to Atlanta on October 6. My parents were very concerned but I told them that it was probably never safer to be on an airplane. I remember that the plane was very, very, very empty. I had the 5 seats in the center row to myself.

Thinking about it - 9/11 might have changed my stay in the US completely. My boss was scheduled for a meeting at the World Trade Center that morning but his flight to New York the night before got canceled. His business partner that he was supposed to meet was down the street in a coffee shop getting breakfast. He survived the disaster, too. Two very lucky men...

As you might remember, my husband is from New York. He worked in the south tower of the World Trade Center for many years. When 9/11 happened, he had left New York years before and was living in Atlanta. We were on the phone that day because he could not get any details at work about what had happened in New York, and I tried to update him as best I could with what news we had on German TV and radio. I remember a lot of internet sites wouldn’t load because too many people were trying to get on. My husband was devastated at the time – he is a very sensitive and loving man. It just blew his mind that such a tragedy could happen at a place that was near and dear to him for so long. It is still hard for him to watch movies that take place in pre-9/11 New York City and have the Twin Towers in the skyline. But he is getting better, and each 9/11 anniversary is less traumatic.

A while back, Hubby put United 93 on our movie queue at Netflix, but I was worried that this would not be a good movie for him/us to watch. We have been avoiding 9/11 documentaries for a long time and only just recently watched Fahrenheit 911. But Hubby said that he read a lot of good reviews about United 93 and thought he would be ok watching it. So, it arrived this past Saturday – purely coincidentally with 9/11 coming up – and we watched it last night. I can only tell you to see this movie. It is superb. It is almost two hours long and it zooms by like two minutes. We were very impressed by how real the movie felt – you almost thought you were sitting on the plane. And in the bonus features there is a one-hour documentary about some of the passengers' families and how they felt meeting the actors that played the roles of their loved ones. I feel this movie gave us some of the emotions that the passengers must have felt on the plane and I am glad we watched it. I eyed my husband every once in a while during the movies but he seemed to take it very well.

There was one statement in the documentary about the families that really caught me and that keeps coming back to me. A husband lost his pregnant wife in the crash of United 93. He was asked if he hates Osama Bin Laden because he caused the death of his wife and unborn child. The man said something along the lines of "I can't hate a person I don’t know personally. I need to know somebody to know if he is a terrible person and then have a reason to hate that person".

I SO AGREE – none of the people who died on 9/11 had met before. They had no chance to know each other and/or hate each other. 9/11 happened because of this society, this world, and some people who are in charge and who think they know better. Not everybody has to have the same opinion and live the same lifestyle.

Let’s remember how good our lives are and how many good things happen every day. You might not notice them because they are minor but I believe they all make a difference. And let’s send a lot of good thoughts to the people we know that are not as fortunate as we are.



Blogger Andrew said...

Your comment about the nearly empty plane triggered some memories for me. I had forgotten about the fears of flying we all went through. It's amazing how the details get fuzzy.

To Love, Honor and Dismay

2:40 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Maitê said...

It´s really sad what happening in the world before 9/11....
Best wishes

2:46 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Judy said...

Claudia, that was beautifully said!

2:49 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

I was definitely also impressed with Mr. Greengrass's movie about this horrific event, mostly with how he stripped it of all the politics and with the technical mastery of his chilling real-time re-creation of that day .. I have to admit, though, that knowing too well how it would all end, I had to turn away from the screen at several points in the final act .. Guess I wasn't quite ready for it!

5:51 PM GMT-5  

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