Tough Being an American in Ireland on 9/11 anniversary
We haven’t spoken more than a handful of times, but this year, I wrote her a Facebook message to let her know that I was thinking of her, and encouraged her to keep inspiring us all with her courage and good works.
In response, she wrote, “tough times. Messages like these keep me going ... Hugs, Talat.”
I just wanted to share a kind word with someone who deserved it, let her know that my heart went out to her for her sufferings. Not much different from my European friends I suppose.
Let’s just hope that monumental tragedy isn’t the only thing that compels us to show compassion towards our neighbors in the future.
*This story comes with thoughts and prayers for Talat Hamdani (mother of Mohammad Salman Hamdani, 23, killed on 9/11/2001), Lynn McGuinn(widow of Francis Noel McGuinn, killed on 9/11/2001), Trisha Wik (daughter of William J. Wik, killed on 9/11/2001), and all those bereft by the events of that day, around the world.