“Mending” by The New Frontiers is still the most humbling, comforting album on days like today – days that are anniversaries of the worst days.

Today I heard a few “where were you” stories, from people who were journalists at the time. Their stories were much different than my own. I didn’t tell my own, but my age makes it obvious – I was in school when our principal came on the PA, and when our algebra teacher rushed into the hallway to talk to other teachers. I watched the towers fall via television screen in the chorus room, then a little while later, off a projector screen in the auditorium, large like a movie screen.

I remember crying for the people who died, realizing that nothing would be the same for them or their families, unable to comprehend death at this level. My Spanish teacher hugged me in the hallway outside Cafeteria A  and said it was OK, she cried too. I think I realized that nothing would be the same for me, either, or anyone who saw this happen – and truly, it never was or will be. But I also remember that feeling of togetherness, and the crisis friendships that form when boundaries fall. Weren’t we all helpless, hopeless scared Americans? No letters next to the politician’s name mattered that day. Yet here we are a dozen years later…if there’s one thing that I hope people remember when they’re told to Never Forget, it’s remembering that moment when you knew, instantly, how human we are all.

“This is the house where you were born

These rooms seem smaller than before
I turned 22 when were you found
Shattered and broken on the ground

They will rob you blind
They will take your peace of mind
And you’ll want to run away from here

I know you can’t escape from all of your fears
I made my peace with the world and all that it brings
I’m holding my own

We saw a spark within your eyes
Your face reflected in the light
We are all angels in the sky
We are all mirrors in disguise

We will lift you up
We will place you on your feet
We will pick you up
We will never let you go


I know you can’t escape from all of your fears
I made my peace with the world and all that it brings
I’m holding my own
~Mirrors
The New Frontiers, Mending