9-11, 9-11, 9-11, 9-11 It’s everywhere. I, like the rest of the country I suspect, am afraid to write the wrong thing, aware that I do not know what it’s like...And that is where I stop myself. I do know what it’s like.I do know what it feels like in the dark hollowness that filled the first months. I do know the effort it takes to place a foot, then the other on the floor. I can talk with knowledge about leaning into a day that would be “another” one without him.
And yet, I feel uncomfortable sharing this space with those 9-11 widows. It’s feels like Art’s death is minor, less than, overshadowed by their losses in such numbers on that day.
I feel like a freshman trying to get the senior girls to think I’m cool, that in some way, I’m just like them. Did I say it right? Is there enough respect in my tone?
Somehow, their husband’s (and wive's) deaths feel more valuable than Art’s death. Their losses were so public, mine a private little matter, insignificant in comparison. Their losses marked and mourned by millions, by photographs, by stories of others. My loss only remembered by a few hundred. Their losses such a turning point in our country's history, mine a single point in my little history.
My loss feels less than in comparison.
This is where I stop again.
Because I know them, those widows.
They know me.
They are me and I am them. If I met one of them, I am sure we could have a conversation about grief and getting through, under, over, and around it. I am sure I would see them and think 10 years. In 10 years I can be like them!
Maybe I just need to remember a widow is a widow is a widow is a widow.
And there are no words for