Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11, in which both America and the rest of the world was changed forever. What happened ten years ago still haunts us today and will continue to do so decades (and centuries) later — partly because it taught us that despite our greatness as a country, we weren’t (and still aren’t) immune to being attacked by enemies whose fanaticism we don’t completely understand, including the population of New York City, which witnessed the destruction of the World Trade Center building.
New York City has always been an important part of my life, partly because my two great-aunts lived there for most of their lives. My family’s frequent trips to the Big Apple when my great-aunts were still alive was not only a vacation and family trip, but also an event — mainly because it had so much to offer as far as sightseeing, entertainment, shopping and other perks were concerned. (Granted, New York City has also had its share of problems in the past — which I won’t go into for various reasons.)
By the 1990’s, however, my visits to New York City became rare for various reasons — including the fact that by the end of that decade, my great-aunts had already passed away, one example of how my family’s lives had greatly changed during that period. The last time I visited New York City was in the summer of 1999, where I was joined by my brother Edward, and several of our nephews — almost three years after one of my great-aunts died. Much has happened since that day trip, and I don’t recall the full details in regards to it — though I’m sure that we did visit the World Trade Center building on that summer day. What I still remember about that visit is the fact that New York City was, in some respects, no longer the destination spot that I visited in the past with great frequency — perhaps because a part of my life was gone forever, except in memory. But it also taught me that though the past was (and still is) important, what also matters is living in the present, as well as preparing for what lies ahead in the future — a common trait that’s existed for a long time, and one that’ll probably exist centuries after we’re gone. No doubt the families and friends of those who died on 9/11 realize this.
It’s been twelve years since I last visited New York City — and during that time, much has changed, and not just for me. Whether or not I’ll ever visit it again depends on many factors — and yes, there are many. What I do know is my life has changed greatly in the past twelve years since I last visited the city — as well as the fact that we can’t dwell on the past too much, even as we focus more on the present. And the future.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to three dozen articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet – to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://jlavernoich2008.web.officelive.com/default.aspx), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces(http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook(http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace(http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), and Twitter(http://twitter.com/JLav65). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube(http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn).
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