I know that if I am blessed with a long life, I will be that tiny, wrinkled woman with the shocking white hair who sits on her porch rocking to the memories in my mind.
How many times have you been around the 'old people' and you hear them reliving their lives? Some are still stuck in a long ago war, some are still stuck in a troubled past and some are doing nothing but bragging about the grandkids! lol! Every generation can define themselves by a tragedy that happened in their life time. People can still remember where they were when the Kennedy's and Martin Luther King were killed, they can remember with clarity what they were doing when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
My generation will remember the space shuttle disasters, the High School killings, the Oklahoma City Bombing, September 11, 2001, the tsunami and Katrina. But we shouldn't loose sight of the greatness that has also been witnessed by this generation..... We have witnessed greatness indeed. And tragedy sparks compassion again for our fellow man, I know after watching the Fire men and Police men rushing into the Twin Towers, where people where trying to get out re-established the respect that I have for them. How many times did a fire truck or a police car rush past me in traffic with sirens blaring and lights flashing and I though it was an inconvenience to pull over so I just slowed down.....well, not anymore! I show respect and pull over and stop, their urgency to get where they are going far exceeds my own urgency.....I know that now.
Right now America is sporting a black eye given to us by the slowness of the response to our Katrina survivors, everybody seems to be blaming everybody else, all saying they were waiting for the 'go ahead' to lend a hand and give aid..........why didn't more people just act on their own? Why didn't more people say this waiting is crazy, and I'm going in? That is what the early responders did, they saw they were needed and they helped.
I for one, was lulled into a sense of false security after the post traumatic stress wore off after 9/11.......but know with what has happened to our fellow Americans down south, it has rocked my security all over again......are we any less vulnerable now?
Every day hero's are the true hero's here........these are the men and women that protect this country from the front line whether it be at war, at a fire, or at a disaster, these are my American Hero's! I would rather hear their stories of their bravery then hear one more politically correct speech given by a politician who has failed their countrymen. I think many of them (politicians) sleep at night only because this is not an election year. Makes we wonder if it was their butt on the line, would the response time have been any faster? Just something to think about huh?
We are a great nation with many flaws, but our character comes through in times of need and right now, it's the every day Americans pitching in and helping out the other every day Americans, again we have seen that there is no North and South, no Black and White..... we are united again as a nation....One nation under God.
The only thing that saddens my heart is why must we always have to have a tragedy hit us, before we realize this is a brotherhood and every life counts?