Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11, 2001

We had brought her home from the hospital three days earlier. I had been sleeping hard for the first time since her birth when my husband called and told me to turn on the news. I spent the day on the phone with my cousin who had a newborn too. We mostly sat in silence crying and holding our little ones, wondering what kind of world we brought them into.

Peace : Pronunciation: \ˈpēs\ Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English pees, from Anglo-French pes, pees, from Latin pac-, pax; akin to Latin pacisci to agree — more at pact, Date: 12th century
1: a state of tranquillity or quiet: as a: freedom from civil disturbance b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom, a breach of the peace
2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3: harmony in personal relations
4 a: a state or period of mutual concord between governments b: a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity
5—used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell
— at peace : in a state of concord or tranquillity

I wish for all mothers of all nations to be able to live without fear for their new ones. War does nothing to bring about peace, and expands the fear and suffering to more and more homes and families. 'Hard work' should be words used to describe efforts made to restore peace to this world. I will bow my head today and respect those that fell on 9/11. I also will honor those that have suffered since. As a nation we must move toward peace.

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