9-11, eleven years on. Seems like yesterday and long ago at the same time.
Sunday afternoon, MSNBC broadcast “9/11 as it happened” – the NBC news coverage of that day; the news mainly watched on the bank of sets in the office. In retrospect…in rewatching…it needs restating what an amazing job NBC and everybody did that day, covering an event so insane it still seems surreal.
The man I shared 9-11 with didn’t win his battle with cancer. So for him, and all the souls who have departed on that day and since, today’s Think About This:
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone"
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me — not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says,
"There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!
~ Henry Van Dyke