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posted by Good Wife @ 6:45 PM
"There, but for the grace of God, go I ... "That thought came to me quite a lot as I kept hearing the tally of the firefighters killed trying to rescue those people in the towers that day. Had those planes struck in Houston, I surely would have ridden in to do what I could, and I don't think God makes any special exception for me, so I could be just as dead had Osama and his merry murderers (the fucking Godless cowards) decided to strike the petrochemical centers in Houston, rather than the financial centers in New York.As to my feelings on our hostilities that ensued soon after in the Middle East, well, I guess that really has no place here, so I'll only say that I pray our soldiers come home safe and victorious, and don't come home to the jeering and catcalls that befell our benighted veterans of the Viet Nam war. God bless them, one and all.--Patrick--
I think my feelings on 9/11 are well documented. I will thank you, one and all, that have kept a thought, said a prayer, or lit a candle in memory of the brave men and woman who died that day. I pray that my brothers (a genderless term) have found peace, they have earned it. Please continue to keep a thought for all those who continue to serve our towns, communities, and cities each and every day. Although when asked, we will tell you we are just doing our job and that we are not heros, your thoughts, prayers and words of thanks mean very, very much to us. May God bless my fallen brothers, who made the ultimate sacrifice so that others may live. And the next time you see a fire truck, ambulance or police car with it's lights flashing and siren blaring coming up behind you on the road, or coming at you... please pull off the road and let them by in a timely manner. Remember, it might be your house or family they are trying to help.
When I saw these words in Standing Naked in the Rain:"To those that still work – not hesitating to run up the stairs in case you can help – we are eternally grateful for your commitment to us."It reminds of the image of the firefighters going up those stairs, hundreds of floors, with all that heavy gear, as described by a man who survived by going down the stairs. It chokes me up every time I think of it, but she says it better, wrote it first.
Patrick, that was beautifully said!xoxo
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