Friday, September 11, 2015

14 Years Of Missing Details

I work for a large company. One which traumatically lost 160+ people on 9/11/01.

I interact with my colleagues at work extensively. Outside of when we're talking shop, we talk about day-to-day musings. Our families. Our pets. Our kids. Our car troubles. The fact that so-and-so burnt dinner last night but we shoved it down our throats anyway because they had tried hard to make it. We talk about the fact that we lost our rec basketball game last weekend. Or that someone's daughter surprised them with a cute breakfast in bed last Sunday. Or that the scallops at the restaurant around the corner are worth trying out.
It becomes a sobering reality to me when I think about the essence behind all of these stories, all these insignificant details that that make life ... life. Love. Family. Weekends. Hard work. Free time. Pets. Fumbles. Favorite candy. Pet peeves. High school humiliations. Bad dates. Good dates. New shoes ... you name it. You get to know your coworkers through these details after sitting in their vicinity and enjoying the company as you plug away at the grind.

The funny thing is that all of these "little" things are anything but. They contribute to the whole of a unique, varied profile reflecting everything that is this someone. And I have enjoyed these conversations for years with seemingly hundreds of colleagues.

And yet, the number I sit and interact with every day pales in comparison to the number that our exact company lost that day.

What a horrific way to further humanize the reality of this tremendous loss of life.

Thinking of all today. XO. 


Pat Hatt said...

Very true, every little thing makes up our life. A day that no one will forget.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Such a sobering post, and it's so true! We interact with so many people on a daily basis that are leading lives just as we are, and it's tragic when any one of them is lost. *hugs* to you and all your co-workers who experienced so much anguish that day 14 years ago ;-)

Green Fashionista

Jax said...

This really was a terrible day for the US, especially NY. I remember us all frantically trying to contact family and friends that worked in the city. My uncle had to walk through the entire city and over a bridge to get home. Not to mention all the friends and acquaintances that died trying to rescue civilians. What a great post to honor this day.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Good words for today.

Melissa @ Always, Lissa said...

Food for thought. Definitely.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

So true. We don't always stop to think about this.

Elle Sees said...

it's so crazy how it seems years ago and then sometimes, like on the anniversary or in a passing moment, it will seem so fresh. the strength of the survivors, the families who lost loves ones, still astonishes me.