I took this photo in New York City last year. I love New York. Doesn’t everyone?
I used to be terrified of big cities. The first time I ever went to a big city and didn’t feel afraid was in New York City, November 2001. It was a unique time to be in NYC. People were different in that time right after September 11th. Everyone seemed a bit more open, a bit more neighborly. The edge came off of the big city for a bit there, and New York was actually a really nice place to be. It was sad and a little scary, but it was kind of nice too. It won me over, and now I go back as often as I can, which isn’t often enough.
Today, I’m remembering the things I love about New York City. I hope the healing we’re all doing continues, and I hope the thoughts and feelings we feel when we remember the events of September 11th lead us to thoughts of peace so we can all learn to be better neighbors.