There weren’t huge security lines and barriers at every airport
You didn’t have to disrobe and be searched and xrayed to board a plane
You could follow your loved one to the gate to say good bye, and greet them in their return
You could go to a large public gathering like NYE or a concert and not think about an exit plan if it was attacked
If they searched your bag before entering a ball game, they were looking for alcohol, not bombs or other weapons
No body ever talked about PTSD. Maybe they should have, but less people had it.
September meant cooler weather and the start of the school year. A time ripe with possibilities
Every September, every single day, is different now.
My children will never know that world.
The world before terrorism
The civilians, and law enforcement and firefighters and soldiers. The ordinary people who lived, and worked and were suddenly tasked with fighting terror
Ordinary people are the targets of terror, and are tasked with fighting terror
We have the right, the obligation, to demand our government remain accountable to us. That our lives matter.
The primary function of any government is to keep its people safe
We have a right to say who gets the privilege of becoming a citizen, and share this obligation with us.
And we have the duty to demand our government not take our sacrifices lightly