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Rita and mr. b


9/11/2002 (submitted June 2008)


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WORDS OF WISDOM from Rita and mr b


World Trade Center Manhattan
Trinity Church

     Like many who werent there I spent many hours watching the events of 9/11 on television. I saw the horror and loss and then the bravery as Americans showed what they were truly made of. It was a bravery of the heart and not the paycheck. I was so proud of being an American. So many people gave so much.

     There was still the legitimate residue of fear.

     As the one year anniversary drew closer it became more and more imperative that I go to New York to see those people who were so brave.

     Jet Blue was the answer. They had a non-stop direct flight into New York (Id never been there so I had to learn a lot about the mechanics of navigation). I packed all I would need for a day trip in a many pocketed shoulder bag. Tooth paste and tooth brush, change of underwear (I remembered what my mother told me), cigarettes, cash, extra mobile phone battery, mini video cam and extra batteries and film, and last but not least a small Washington State flag.

     I caught their last flight out on September 10th and landed the next morning, the one year anniversary.

     Warned to be alert to cab drivers I picked up a yellow cab at the airport and told him want I wanted to do; that I was on a heart quest to see the World Trade Center. We talked about him driving me about and came to an agreement that I could hire him for the day.

     Our first stop after coming into Manhattan was at his cab stand where he bought me a cup of tea and I used their powder room.

     We drove all over and I got to see all the wonderful things Id only seen in pictures. He took me to a pier so we could look back at the buildings. We traded mobile phone numbers and he dropped me off downtown so I could walk for a few hours.

     He was like so many New Yorkers, not born there but not a stranger amongst all the peoples that make up Americas most wonderful melting pot.

So many people from all over the world, the streets were crowded with cars and pedestrians and kindnesses.

     I saw the gaping hole and stood in line to see Trinity Church that had survived and given sustenance to so many in the aftermath.

     I placed my small Washington State flag in the fence with all the other tributes. Inside I prayed as I slowly walked through.

    I found a nearby McDonalds and stood in line for lunch behind a New York Police Officer. I told her I was from Seattle and that I had come to thank them for all they had survived and done.

     I called my cab driver and he picked me up and took me back to the airport. Id done it. I had completed my heart quest.

    The majority of my film was ruined as I went through security leaving New York but I have my memories.

9/11 Website
Jet Blue (was it flight 86)

WORDS OF WISDOM from Rita and mr b

Rita Info: Read more Words of Wisdom from Rita at

mr b Info: that is small "m" small "r" and small "b" because after all mr b is only 7 lbs.

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