September 11th, 2001 & Osama Bin Laden...both infamous in American history for the pain and suffering that occured approximately between 8:46am and 10:28am (and forever in people's hearts/minds) that Tuesday.
And now nearly ten years later, the man that was the head perpetrator to blame has finally been brought to justice.
It seems like it has to be a dream, no matter how young you were when 9/11 happened, I'm sure each of us can remember where and what we were doing the exact moment we found out about these terrorist acts.
I was looking out my 12th floor Grant Towers South dorm window (much like the one above) on the campus of Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, when the news flash popped up on my little 10' color tv.
Myself, barely being a month into my freshman year at college, was waking up from a long night of partying at my newly joined fraternity. My roommate, Paul, a friend from high school, had already gone off to his 8am math course.
Bursting into the room after being let out of his class early, Paul says to me "Are you seeing this? Can you believe something like this can actually happen to us?"
...flash forward almost ten years to yesterday, Sunday, May 1st, 2011...
Being almost a lifetime away...graduating college, working in two different career paths (living and working in downtown Chicago), planning a wedding, and for only about 24-hours living in my very first house...I sat watching President Barack Obama speak about a U.S. Navy SEAL & CIA operation that finally ended Osama bin Laden's reign of terror on the United States.
In the silence of the night and the glow of the newscast, I took time to reflect on the blessing of being able to enjoy the time with friends, family, and co-workers that the victims and their loved ones of September 11th have not or will not be able to due to these terrorist acts.
I don't remember what my responses to Paul's questions were that day, but it feels like yesterday's events are a small bit of closure that are better than any words could explain...