This is fan letter friday. All the time I see nice, special, kind and good authors on twitter, facebook, their own blog, etc. that I make friends with or follow on accident and I adore them. I like them as more than authors. I like them as people. So, I decided, since I don't have time to review every single book these people have written, I'm going to write to them. I am going to flaunt my love for them all over the internet and hopefully brighten their day. I am going to sound, insane, rambly and possibly like a stalker, but that's just part of the fun right?
Dear Meg Cabot (Author of Abandon, Jinx, The Princess Diaries and many more!),
Thank you. Thank you for reposting your diary entry of what happened to you on 9/11. I know it might seem odd to single one person out to thank. I know thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of people were affected that day. I know many of them, like you, have stories to tell, some happier and some more depressing. I understand that your story doesn't represent all of the pain and loss which occurred that day.
You may not feel like it, Mrs. Cabot but you're in a unique position. Millions of people from all over the world devour your books (which you already know). A staggering number of people follow your blog (which you also already know). The last thing that I hope you realize, is that people listen to you, really listen. For some, 9/11 is a day that will pass like any other. They, for whatever reason aren't able to understand or really empathize with what happened. I admit, I was one of them until this morning when I read your blog post. I can follow what happened on 9/11 logically with my mind and feel remorse for all life lost. I can remember to a certain degree what happened to me 10 years ago Sunday. However, I've never really thought about what it was like to have been there, to smell the smoke, feel the ground shake and know the utter terror of thinking I'll never see my loved ones again.
By telling your story, you've enabled people who weren't there to understand. You've given a voice to people who can't or are unprepared to speak about that day. Looking back now, I'm absolutely shocked at the human capacity to empathize and display caring. Many people tried to unselfishly help others at the cost of their lives. Strangers formed life long bonds out of tragedy. Everyone promoted compassion and aid over selfishness and greed. That's amazing. For once in our technology driven, work till you die, don't care about anyone else but yourself lives, we stopped to help others.
I'm overjoyed that most of your friends and your family were safe. I'm sorry that so many people had to lose so much for no good reason other than hate. I'm sad that I wasn't able to help more as a little kid. Above all else I hope nothing like this will ever happen to any place in the world. No one should have to go through anything like this and I pray no one else does.
Thank you again for sharing your story (again).
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