I think it’s easy for people who didn’t lose someone or who didn’t witness what happened on 9/11 to write snarky things on the internet. I think it’s easy for them to say “people need to get over it” or to roll their eyes at the reading of the names.
But as a New Yorker who lived five blocks away from the WTC, I can’t really explain how it lingers. Because most of you just don’t understand, and when you talk about it, I can’t help but get angry and sad and confused.
When the attacks were over and done, when you could flick off your TV, and go back to your lives unscathed, I had to walk past that giant hole in the ground every day for years. The area is completely different now. There’s trees and two beautiful pools and a Museum. But forever in my mind, it will be that hole, surrounded by that godawful fence and scaffolds.
I would just ask people remember that there are people for whom the shadow of 9/11 and the giant hole it punched in their lives will never disappear.