What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

All Hands On Deck


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The morning of September 11, 2001, I was in my office a few blocks from the the World Trade Center, and I remember it like it was yesterday. And like the rest of the city and much of the country, I spent the next week glued to the news, praying they’d find survivors, hoping for something good to come out of all that pain. I’m certain I would have remembered seeing this story if it had aired.

(If you’re interested, you can read my account in last year’s 9/11 post.)

Anyway, many years too late, here is a lovely story of some ordinary people doing some extraordinary things.

You can read more about it on The Hill.

Late addition: My friend posted this video account of my neighbors talking about their participation in the 9/11 boatlift!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

8 thoughts on “All Hands On Deck

  1. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I wept watching that. I knew about the boats but had no idea of the scale of their operation. Incredible. And remarkable that 14 years on there could still be an aspect of 9/11 I was not aware of. Like everyone else, it doesn’t take much to transport me back to that day and the shock, horror and panic. Although we were in the UK, we had an intense 48 hours waiting to hear that all my husband’s family and friends (employed at the Pentagon) were accounted for. The scale of the tragedy remains unfathomable, the horror almost incomprehensible but the stories of people like these boat captains are a wonderful reminder that often times the absolute worst of circumstances bring out the best in people, that the worst humanity has to offer will be met with the best it has to offer. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Thank you, too. In my typical fashion, I took some time to look at other people’s 9/11 posts this morning, and most of them were personal remembrances, but I really couldn’t abide the angry, vengeful (or dismissive) ones. I’d rather focus on remembering the people who were lost and the incredible acts of kindness and heroism that followed.

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  2. It is great to hear these stories.
    ps. I was born on Broad Channel.

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