Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Yesterday evening after work, I watched a couple of hours of news coverage. I decided to break away from the tragedy of events by going running along the waterfront. I had a very interesting experience. I encountered several people along the way to my destination and it seemed that we were all somehow united as one by the earlier sequence of events. Everyone I passed met my gaze and said hello or nodded at me. This doesn't usually happen. I myself felt like I needed to acknowledge everyone as a sign of support and understanding that our nation had just undergone something tragic. When I returned home, I began watching the news coverage again, and a psychologist was discussing exactly what I had been feeling. How this amazing event was making the general public come together as one, as Americans. I have never before felt so patriotic.

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