Mailbox Monday, August 22, 2011
Mailbox Monday is on tour, with August’s location being at Life in the Thumb.
Only one book in my mailbox this week. It’s a review book that immediately intrigued me. I can’t believe that it’s been 10 years since 9/11. I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard the news – it was during first period Algebra II during my junior year in high school. Someone was going around to all the classrooms telling the teachers to turn the news on and we all sat and watched in shock as the towers fell.
We’re Not Leaving is a compilation of powerful first-person narratives told from the vantage point of World Trade Center disaster workers – police officers, firefighters, construction workers, and other volunteers at the site. While the effects of 9/11 on these everyday heroes and heroines are indelible, and in some cases have been devastating, at the heart of their deeply personal stories – their harrowing escapes from the falling Towers, the egregious environment they worked in for months, the alarming health effects they continue to deal with – is their witness to their personal strength and renewal in the ten years since. These stories, shared by ordinary people who responded to disaster and devastation in extraordinary ways, remind us of America’s strength and inspire us to recognize and ultimately believe in our shared values of courage, duty, patriotism, self-sacrifice, and devotion, which guide us in dark times.