September 11

Today is September 11.

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Soon, the day will be over.  I am grateful that it has been uneventful.

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I went to bed with a profound sadness last night.  September 11 for so many, was a day that changed all our lives.  To be back in New York, to experience this day 15 years on, creates pause.

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Loved ones checked in.  We’re lying low today– I assured them all.  Park visit in the morning, dog run, and then housework and getting homework done.

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At the park, I made a new friend.

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She’s an old girl at 14.  When I say her name, I need to raise my voice.  Because she can’t quite hear as well anymore.

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Late August- early September 2001- my eponymous dance company was invited to perform in New York City.  As a young American-trained dancer-choreographer, presenting before a New York audience meant everything to me.  The Original A-team was dancing- YW, EC, GY, me, with Leslie on cello.  We danced Journal.  Song and Kelly costumed us- diaphanous, white.

Walk towards the twin towers and you’re walking towards the theatre, I said each day.  Walk away from the towers, and you’re walking back to our hotel.

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The skyline is different now.

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Yet for so many of us, you still remain, our Promised Land.

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