Friday, April 16, 2010

My Spellcheck Can't Spell Eyjafjallajokull

I don't know if I should be humming, "It's the end of the world as we know it" or "I'd like to meet you on a slow boat..." News of the Icelandic volcano shutting down air traffic in Europe is a little spooky. Speculators add to the intrigue by stating it could spew volcanic ash for days, weeks, months, years to come. No one knows. If it goes on for years we may need that healthcare bill.

My memories were stirred of the eerie quiet following 9-11 in this country when the only flights in the US were Air Force jets patrolling the cities. We had been a nation that had never experienced an attack on our shores. We took for granted our freedom to move about freely. The World Trade towers attack almost paralyzed us. After a pause, we rallied. Regardless of one's politics we looked to our president for leadership. We rose up standing shoulder to shoulder with a patriotic pride and strength that as Americans we could survive and thrive and rebuild. I have been missing that lately as we devour each other politically. Might be time to bring back the mantra, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall". We still have some nasty enemies out there.

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