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Then: iVillage member Suzi checked in from her native Australia
Another sleepless Aussie here sending prayers from the East coast of OZ… My heart goes out to all in the U.S. As my son left for school this morning I hugged him really hard and he hugged me back, too. We did not want to let go. The world is a much sadder place today. Prayer meetings and masses are being held everywhere here. I just wanted to let you know this is not confined to the U.S. The rest of the world is there with you. I pray your families are safe and please tonight hug them all for me. (((HUGS))) Suzi
Now: The world is a different place
Ten years on and the world is a sadder place. The comforting blanket of security and safety has been removed from us forever, no matter where in the world we live. I am in Australia and I can honestly say that this event has touched everyone I know. We are constantly reminded of September 11, whether it is turning on the evening news or taking a flight somewhere and going through all the extra security. We now control more tightly what is within our grasp to control, e.g. locking our homes and cars, and taking an extra hard look around us out in public areas. Families and communities have pulled together no matter what ethnic background or religion, starting directly after the tragedy and moving on to this very day. Life no longer can be taken for granted. Ten years on I wish it was possible to heal all those families and friends directly touched by the horror with a giant hug, but since it is not, I hope they know that their tragedy has been felt around the world and we are thinking and praying for them on this 10th anniversary.