by Corey Whelan
I'm not afraid. I'm done with that. I'm not worried, I'm not anxious, I'm over it. The terrorists lost. We won. The good guys. The white hats. I got that yesterday for the first time, in spades. I attended a number of memorial services yesterday for the fallen of 9/11. We will never forget. Never. But also, we who are still standing will never capitulate to hate. We will never give in to debilitating fear or to not caring for our neighbors, our families, our friends. We will always stand together. It's not a cliche, it's just what's so. United we stand.
Did you ever see that old TV cartoon movie or read the Dr. Seuss book it sprang from, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"? Of course you have. An image from that story keeps popping up in my mind. Remember how when, after the Grinch steals the trappings of Christmas, the presents and the food, how the Who's of Whoville still come out on Christmas morning and sing? I never could make out the lyrics (send me an email if you can) but you can feel their love in their song. Their lack of defeat. Well that's us. Of course the people we lost on 9/11 are more than just the trappings of a holiday. They were, and are, our hearts. But, despite of what we lost and continue to miss, we are still singing. We will never be silenced.
So frig you Grinch. Because unlike the Dr. Seuss story, history's current Grinches De Jour will not find themselves with quivering lips and melting, formerly frozen hearts. Oh please, we know that. We know we're in for the long haul.
It doesn't matter. We still win. Frig you Grinch. Humanity, kindness, decency, they prevail. Here, in NYC, they prevail. Here in a city where one can leave a service for the fallen of the FDNY at St. Bart's and grab a hotdog at a hallal food stand, they prevail. It was a damn good hotdog by the way.
Here, in the U.S.A, they prevail. Wherever there is kindness, and humanity, and decency, they prevail.
I love my country.
Today is a new beginning. Can you feel it?