Yes we can
Friday September 11th 2009, 2:52 pm
Filed under: "Wrapped in Comfort",Life

I’ve hesitated to post this, because the last thing on earth I want to do is sound in any way like I’m trying to make a buck.  And yet, the whole subject means so much to me: it’s not about the book.

My first thought on waking up this morning:  I’m so glad for the life of my younger brother.

His subway into Manhattan was late.

My second thought was: And for my cousin David’s, who from his office watched the first, then the second. And made the long trek home on foot, with some shopkeepers somehow taking the personal risk to stay on the scene to be able to hand out water to the stranded walkers.

May the heartfelt coming-together of people of many faiths that I wrote about in my book, the experience that propelled me to do that work–all the writing, all the knitting, all the hours and months and even years involved, because I wanted that one particular story in print and out there in the world if I never wrote anything else–grow and be and become the triumph indestructible, a testament to the world.  “May America always be like this!” one man there exclaimed that day.


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President Roosevelt said of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, “A day that will live in infamy…”

The same can be said for September 11, 2001.

But we retain our sense of humor:


When everybody on earth was dead and waiting to enter Paradise, God appeared and said, “I want the men to make two lines. One line for the men who were true heads of their household, and the other line for the men who were dominated by their women. I want all the women to report to St. Peter.”  Soon, the women were gone, and there were two lines of men.

The line of the men who were dominated by their wives was 100 miles long, and in the line of men who truly were heads of their household, there was only one man.

God said, “You men should be ashamed of yourselves, I created you to be the head of your household! You have been disobedient and have not fulfilled your purpose! Of all of you, only one obeyed. Learn from him.”

God turned to the one man and asked, “How did you manage to be the only one in this line?”

The man replied, “My wife told me to stand here.”

Comment by Don Meyer 09.11.09 @ 3:24 pm

Amen indeed.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 09.11.09 @ 3:59 pm

Thank you.

Comment by Joansie 09.11.09 @ 4:03 pm

Beautifully put:)Hugs Darcy

Comment by Darcy 09.11.09 @ 4:20 pm

Amen. And Hallelujah! Bless God, America.

Comment by sherry in idaho 09.11.09 @ 6:48 pm

I have a friend who was late that day too. He came out of the subway just in time to see the 2nd tower fall. He lost many, many co-workers.

I’m very thankful he was late too.

Comment by (formerly) no-blog-rachel 09.11.09 @ 7:14 pm

Very well said indeed.

Comment by TripletMom 09.11.09 @ 8:45 pm

Home of the brave. Thank you for sharing with us, time and time again.

Comment by Channon 09.12.09 @ 6:31 am

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