Response to September 11
by Lydia Robertson
Many of us either lost loved ones or have friends who lost loved ones in the September 11 tragedy. Lydia Robertson, a long-time supporter of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, talks about her mother, Valerie, who was lost, and about her feelings in response.
She taught we children moral & polite behavior & table manners. She encouraged us to learn respect for each other & to talk about our anger rather than to fight & hit. It was a hard lesson. Hitting is so much easier than cooling off & sometimes the other little brat-full sibling seemed so deserving, so deceitful.
She spoke about the greatness of our country and she also spoke about policies, many policies she didnt like. She wanted civil rights and equal right for ALL Americans and the vote for all Americans. Although she was a democrat, she would always drive anyone who needed to the polls. I remember sitting in the "way back" of the VW microbus and hearing an old bird say, "Why are you doing this? I know you are a democrat and I am a conservative republican." He called her a fool, but she said, "I dont care how you vote, only that you do vote"
She saw a need she could fill and simply did it. She read that teenaged boys were impossible to place in foster homes. She took in teenaged boys. There is no sure count as to how many children actually came to live in her home; I lost count around 17. And she made each of us feel important.
Terrorism and the Community Response
My city, my community, my friends and my family pulled together BEFORE this tragedy and
now even more so. We have always been a great city. Many outside may not have known it or
understood that before. But the rest of the country & the world are finding it out. We
are diverse & colorful. We are a city of the world.
My mother would have us find another way to vent. Give blood to the Red Cross, but better yet, give platelets, twice a month for a year. Donate your time to something you would like to see made better. Give money to The Valerie Hanna/Sept. 11 Fund to help support research against biotechnology weapons and the terrible naturally occurring viruses that kill so effectively for which we have yet no antidote.
Let us turn this into something positive in the name of my mom and all the others who died or gave their lives.
Revised: October 22, 2001.
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