September 11th Reprised

“It’s just a day for me now,” said my ex roommate, the one who lived with me on 9/11/2001.

I was taken back by her response to my text to her saying I couldn’t believe twelve years had passed already.

9/11/2013 Broadway and 23rd Street

Another blue sky (9/11/2013 @ Broadway and 23rd Street)


Granted, this year I didn’t turn on the TV in the morning to watch the names being read (do they still do that?), but September 11th could never be “just a day for me.” Particularly as we hear about the turmoil in the Middle East on a daily basis.

Last year I wrote about visiting the memorial, and on the tenth anniversary I wrote a post sharing my first hand account of the day. If you haven’t read those posts I do hope you take a minute to do so.

I apologize for my absence from I HAVE CAT as of late. I’ve been dealing with some personal struggles and hope to someday soon return to being a more dependable blogger.

I leave you with this poignant tribute. A commercial created by Budweiser that only ran once (they say because the company did not want to receive financial benefit from the tragedy).


May you all be safe and never forget 9/11. The innocents who perished, and the way it irrevocably changed our country.

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  • I don’t think today will ever be just another day. Take good care. We will be here when you are ready.

    • Tamar

      Thanks Joanne ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hope all works out fine for you. Personal struggles sure can be a bear to deal with.

    I won’t ever forget.

    • Tamar

      Thank you for your sentiment and for reading this post ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I will never forget this day.
    Sue B

  • M Ponemon

    Every year I say this: Unless you lived it you can’t comprehend it. As the years go through unfortunately apathy is starting to settle in. Not for me!!!! It will always be with me. Everytime I look up at the new structure and up until 3 weeks ago I watched it being built. I thought of that murderous day. Each year including today I make a trip and sit on the steps in front of Brooks Bros. and remember. No my life was forever changed that day, and the lives of the people that I knew that were murdered.

    • Tamar

      I am sorry for your personal losses on that day Mark. It did change us all forever xo

  • I have been missing you out and about, and with this post I send you purrs for all you are going through.

    • Tamar

      awww, thank you Connie ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jmuhj

    We’ve missed you, Tamar, and hope things work out well for you. Hoping you’re getting plenty of C.A.T. (Cat-Assisted Therapy, the best medicine for whatever ails one).
    From the Left Coast, I’ll always remember being woken up by my ex, who alerted me to the news, and then, awhile later, calling my mom and telling her to ask my dad to turn on the tv because “something very, very bad has happened.” I knew then that all our lives were changed forever, wherever on earth we lived, and though that day seems like it happened in another lifetime, our lives have certainly changed, not for the better. Your post about the day is very hard-hitting (the link to your visit to the memorial takes us here again). All the best, and good to see you blogging again.

    • Tamar

      My Mother firmly believes in C.A.T. and makes sure I am petting the cats regularly when at home! And yes, our lives were certainly changed forever. In some ways it seems like lifetime ago and in others just yesterday.
      PS – thanks for the heads-up about the links – i fixed it!

  • we will never, ever forget and we remember your posts vividly. I had seen that video…..heart stopping.
    Praying all will ease up for you soon (((hugs))))

    • Tamar

      Thank you so much for the long distance hugs xo

  • It will never be just another day. Thank you for sharing the video…I’ve never seen it and it’s just perfect. So sorry that life is throwing you curve balls. Hope everything is okay.

    • Tamar

      thank you debbie (okay, katie and waffles too!) xo

  • Both links go to the same post. it is incomprehensible that your ex-roommate would say or believe such a thing for herself or anyone else. I watched as you did with Matt and Katie but that was all I could do. I cannot even imagine going outside in New York that day and experiencing all the confusion and chaos first hand. I did visit the twin towers in the ’80s and went to the top; even though, I hate heights. I do remember the view. Thank you for sharing your memories. Hope to see you blogging more often. Janet

    • Tamar

      Thank you for reading and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment with your thoughts. We were certainly changed forever on that day.

  • It will never be just another day for me.

    I trust your personal issues are straightened out soon.

  • Sharon

    Good to see you blogging again!!

    Yep it could never be just another day to me ever again.

  • I wasn’t in New York when it happened. I wanted to be, though. Just the mention still brings tears. I will always remember.

  • Robin

    First, concerned about ‘personal struggles’…i hope you are okay.
    Second, thank you for posting this. It’s never just another day to me, either, having been there and lived through it. Now that I’m out of NY, I observe that it’s definitely more distant and less immediate here than when I lived there, and I don’t like it. Noone talked about it where I am! I can’t watch any footage without starting to cry – it’s a visceral reaction. Thanks for the opportunity to chime in because I had felt kind of alone in my thoughts yesterday…and I hope you are okay! xo

    • Tamar

      xoxo miss you

  • It will never be just another day for us, either, Tamar. We hope you’re okay, and send our best purrs, prayers and big hugs.

  • We never forget. The people, the places, the first responders, the feeling on that day….