Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Decade

Try not to think of the ending, for few are good
and none can be changed

Think of the beginning, and the times in between
for these are the things that bring joy to one's heart
in a time of pain

Think of the laughter and the good times you shared
and will always remember
For these are the things that we will never change
or leave us

poem written by Lieutenant Harvey Harrell, NYFD, who was killed at the WTC  on  9/11/01
along with 342 other NYFD firefighters, including his younger brother, Steve
and 272 other Staten Island residents (3 of whom I called "friend")
This was written  shortly before his death
(A fourth friend of mine perished that day, she did not live on SI)

I remember that Tuesday, it was a beautiful sunny morning.  Cloudless sky.  Quiet.  Almost too quiet.  I was at work, the bank wasn't opened yet.  We heard a rumble, deep and off in the distance. I looked at another co-worker and she asked me, "What was that?!"  I answered, "I don't know, I hope it wasn't a plane crash....."


  1. What a beautiful post, and what awesome words from Lt. Harrell. He couldn't have known it at the time, but he left a treasure in them.

    Never, ever, forget.

  2. Anche dall'Italia giunge il mio pensiero per quell'orribile giorno!Baci,Rosetta

  3. I have never read the poem by Lt. harrell. It is so very beautiful and is your post barbara. I have felt such sadness over the past few days. It is hard to belive 10 years has passed. Let us always keep those we lost in our hearts,

  4. Beautiful tribute! I know this day brings you many memories as it does our whole country! Beautiful poem! God Bless!

  5. a lovely post. Big Hugs
    P.S. love the new header :-)

  6. AMEN, Barbara. Such a beautiful tribute. God Bless.

    Denise at Forest Manor

  7. Such a sad time in our lives. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  8. ..... I shall never forget... tomorrow on my blog I'm going to post my tribute to USA..... hugs, Flavia from Italy

  9. Very touching post! The poem is haunting. Thank you. Linda

  10. Haven't watched much television. Have a lot of trouble watching the footage from September 11. It seems as though it was last week when I watch it. Beautiful tribute, and the poem is so heartbreakingly lovely.

  11. Such horrific memories! Beautiful poem and beautiful lives cut short, too short! We will never forget the news of that day and the images.

  12. Barbara, Thank you for sharing this remarkable poem by Lieutenant Harrell. As we all reflect on this day a decade ago let us keep the words of this poem in our hearts.

  13. Thank you for sharing. Hard to believe it's been ten years already.


  14. What a touching post. Your memory of 9/11 gave me goosebumps. I think it makes everyone appreciate things much more as we look back at that horrible day.


  15. Beautiful post. I am so sorry that you lost friends in that horrible attack.
    I know everyone knows what they were doing on that morning. My sil worked with Todd Beamer of flight 93. He as all the others were awesome human beings.
    What a senseless loss.
    Have a good week ahead.
    Blessings, Ginger

  16. Like you, dear friend, I have cried all weekend long..I know we will never be able to watch any of it without our hearts breaking.
    I am going to put jazzy music on my blog, have a glass of wine, a slice of cheese and 2 Tylenol and GO TO BED.
    See ya tomorrow.:)
    xo bj

  17. Dear, Barbara.
    I clearly remember the day, as well!!!
    Just after I finished my job around 9:30 pm that night, my husband was watching news-show reporting it.
    I saw the screen and said "what movie are you watching?"
    Thank you for the sweet words♡♡♡ still not perfect, but getting better I think.
    Hoping for the peaceful world,
    Hugs to you, Orchid

  18. You were close enough to hear it? Oh my.

    Blessings, Debbie

  19. I watched the specials yesterday morning and couldn't stop crying. And I couldn't help thinking about all the countries in the world that have experienced centuries of war and genocide. We are still so fortunate, aren't we?

  20. Hi lovely lady.
    I do remember this day !! I was in my office with the radio on!!! What a senseless loss.
    xxoo Diane

  21. It was such a terrible day, I can only imagine what it must have been like for those of you who lived there. I was actually glad that I lived in small town nowhere for a change. I'm sorry for the loss of your friends. We watched a wonderful documentary last night about one of the firehouses. There were many heroes that day and the days that followed.

  22. I am so sorry that you lost friends on 9/11. This weekend had been difficult. It seems like it was only yesterday. The only way I could deal with it was to go to church and pray.

  23. Such a sad day and this is a lovely tribute. I will remember till the day I die that day...the pictures are etched in my brain.

  24. It must seem almost like yesterday, such bad memories.

  25. Hello,

    This is a black day in history for everyone in the world...


  26. I don't think we will ever get over it. I just hope the younger ones remember.
    A beautiful post. Have a good weekend, B, enjoy the last of summer.

  27. Hi Barbara,
    I have been keeping up with you, just not being polite and commenting! I like your new header, and this post of 911 is just right. Love the photo of the angel too. Just the right touch. I can't imagine living in that area at the time. Good to hear from you!


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