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and there is also joy

Allison sent me her contribution for Voices.

It starts like this:

To me, September 11 will always be a happy, joyful day.

Even my memories of September 11, 2001 will be cheerful ones.

“WHY?” you may ask in horror, and then justifiably insist that I give you a damn good reason.

OK, I will. My wonderful beautiful son Eitan was born on September 11, 1996.

It was the kind of story I was hoping for: one with feelings of hope and life.

I emailed Allison, telling her that my mother-in-law's birthday is also September 11th. I wrote, Life goes on - and must go on - even in the midst of mourning.

To which she replied, If everything stopped because of mourning, Israel simply wouldn't function.

How true. Sad but true.

I think some people are misconstruing my meaning behind Voices and my reasons for writing so much about 9/11. I don't want anyone to stop living. I don't expect the world to call in sick on September 11th. The best thing anyone in mourning can do is live and hope.

I just want to remember, is all.

Go read Allison's entry. I'm going to spend a good portion of this weekend getting the rest of the contributions posted.

Happy early birthday, Eitan. I hope it is wonderful and joyful.

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I applaud your efforts. I think it will be a monument to American apathy if within a decade a refernce to 9/11 draws less than a shudder of recognition. And it could happen, you know? This is after all the country that finds it necessary to air documentaries 'proving' we walked on the moon.

My best friend AND his mother's birthday, along with his soon-to-be-ex-wife are all on 9.11. Mixed feelings abound, as you might well imagine.

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