May 1, 2011 will forever be known as the day the world learned that Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, is officially dead. Apparently, President Obama interrupted popular television shows, to bring us the news, but I wouldn’t know because I traded in TV watching for Social Media obsession. In fact, sometimes Social Media is just a tad bit quicker than TV. I mean, just minutes after we learned of his death, Osama bin Laden’s Wiki page was updated. Shocking.
Tonight, I remember where I was on 9/11. In fact, I remember every second of the morning, how I felt, and what I was doing. Every tiny detail is etched into my heart. Although I was miles and miles away from NYC, in Texas, my heart shattered with the rest of the world. Now today, 5/1, I’ll remember exactly where I was when I found out that Bin Laden is dead, but there is no celebration here. It just feels, well… wrong.
He changed mine too.
In fact, we have an almost 9-yr-old child because of that day. Yes, he’s a 9/11 baby and one day we’ll tell him the story of why he was conceived on 9/11, how our hearts were broken, how fear overwhelmed us, and we turned to each other to hold onto some sort of hope.
Today, I’ve had a mix of emotions as I read things like:
It makes me very uneasy to see people “celebrating” the death of a human being. Don’t stone me quite yet. I need to clarify, because it’s a very sensitive topic, Bin Laden is a horrible horrible person and responsible for so much pain. He’s the epitome of hatred, yet I can’t bring my heart to rejoice in the fact that he’s dead.
Is this justice?
Am I any less American?
I think not, I feel he needed to be brought to justice and I rest in the scripture verse that Josceyn from Mami to Multiples posted on her Facebook Wall “Those who use the sword will die by the sword…” Matthew 26:52.
I, solely, believe God’s plan is perfect and divine justice will prevail. While the heartbreak is still very vivid to all of us Americans, making most feel the need to celebrate, I’m still holding on to the hope I, so urgently, grasped for on 9/11 when we conceived our oldest child.
Life is worth celebrating. Death? Not so much.
How did you feel after hearing that Bin Laden is Dead? Did you rejoice for an instant? Did you sit in silence? Did your heart weigh a little heavy remembering 9/11?
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