Ding dong the witch is dead everyone! Much like the Wicked Witch was melted by the bucket of water Dorothy tossed her way, Osama Bin-Laden was slipped into the cold dark ocean, where hopefully he is swimming with the sharks.
It was in the back on my mind that the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was coming up this fall. I remember the day well; I was on Cape Cod with my parents, my Mom and I getting ready to head out for a little adventure. The first plane had hit and everyone thought it was some kind of freak accident. Not long afterward, the second plane hit and we knew for sure it was no coincidence; America was indeed under attack. In between the planes hitting the World Trade Center we could hear the fighter jets roaring overhead from the nearby Air Force base; they were making a vain attempt to intercept those flights from Boston and prevent what was about to unfold.
That day and subsequent days seemed so surreal; so many local people tragically lost. The flight attendant from the next town over left a young family behind, there was the old time Bruins hockey player on a scouting trip. Buyers from T.J. Maxx were together on a business trip, and the pilot of the plane was also a well-liked organic farmer just a few towns north of here.
The following day was September 12th and our 14th wedding anniversary. We decided to head into town and have a
quiet dinner and find some sliver of hope amid everything that had happened. I remember taking the train in; we sat amongst a crowd that was mournful and silent. Not a cell phone went off, not a smile was seen on anyone’s face, it was the saddest ride I had ever taken. We met some folks in a bar, and although they were complete strangers, we all hugged and they wished us a happy anniversary. We all needed a reason to smile and look past the horror of it all.
Each and every year since then I have been mindful of that day, never forgetting the people that perished and the troops overseas that have fought to track down the face of evil. Yesterday the devil met his fate, and as we look toward this September 11th, I hope we can breathe a sigh of relief.
Here’s to you, Navy Seals. Damn good work.