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5 Years Later

by James G. Beldock on September 12, 2006

This was a dif­fi­cult and strange day to be in New York City. The weath­er was just like it was five years ago: bright, sun­ny, slight­ly crisp, and ut­ter­ly beau­ti­ful.

My then-wife and I moved from New York City to California some five months be­fore the at­tacks of 2001. I had been back in New York on busi­ness the day be­fore and had, in fact, been in the Towers that Monday. Aimee walked her dog be­tween the tow­ers every morn­ing be­tween 8:30 and 8:50. But for the luck of the draw, one or both of us would have per­ished.

On that morn­ing, we fran­ti­cal­ly tried to con­tact friends and fam­i­ly, and over the next two days we re­al­ized just how many friends and fam­i­ly we had lost. After a day, with no­body know­ing when the planes would fly, we de­cid­ed to dri­ve back home.

Too much has been writ­ten about the pro­found ef­fect of 9/11 on our gen­er­a­tion for me to at­tempt to equal their elo­quence. Suffice it to say that my life will nev­er be the same, and I con­sid­er my­self lucky that I have a life which I can say has changed. Our dear friends were not so lucky.

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