Everywhere you look there is wondrous architecture, it’s amazing what mankind can crank out don’t you think?
Taxi’s scurry about right along with deliverymen on bicycles and pedi-cabs. Street vendors are making those pretzels and nuts day in and day out.
As I got to Times Square and surveyed all the hustle and bustle, tourists from all over the world, my thoughts turned to last weekend when Times Square was the scene of an attempted act of terrorism…someone wanted to do harm to hundreds, maybe thousands.
As a kid growing up in Indiana, I never gave too much thought to New York City, it seemed like a world away. Maybe I would see it once or twice in my lifetime. Little did I know I would come to live right next door to what many call the greatest city in the world.
I do love NYC especially its Art Deco splendor, its diversity and especially the men and women who serve on the police force and in the fire departments. Early on when I first moved to the East Coast and would try to navigate the city that never sleeps, I asked more than my share of police officers for directions. Every time in that great accent I would be pointed in the right direction.
These public servants were on the front lines on 9-11 and would have been again on May Day if that SUV with the flashing lights parked in Times Square had detonated.
I thought about that “what if” a lot yesterday as I was enjoying the warm sunshine and the beauty of the city on my walking tour. It is an amazing island with so much to offer. It’s a place where many come to see if they can realize dreams. You know the saying “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”
I was feeling very fortunate to be able to just take in the sites and I was remembering being in the World Trade Towers too over the years and feeling sad that they were no longer standing tall.
I guess the reason for this post is that on this Mother’s Day, my wish would be that America wouldn’t be in harm’s way for all of our children’s sake.
Following September 11th, that is now no longer p0ssible. This generation of children has to be keenly aware especially in New York City and have to remember that “if they see something, say something.” Though nobody should dwell on this caution 24-7, it now is apart of daily lives, like it or not.