Written on 18 Sep 01
By Nena Wiley
Never before had I been paralyzed by terror and anguish; so consumed, so compelled.
But I was on Tuesday.
Never before had I sat under my Nation's starry skies, with only the sight of fighter jets and the only sound; of freedom.
But I did on Wednesday.
Never before has our family gathered together and made a "Plan A" to save our lives in case of disaster.
But we did on Thursday.
Never before had I witnessed so many American Flags, heard so many anthems nor seen so many remembrance candles.
But I did on Friday.
Never before had I seen so many many American heroes, nor heard of such brave acts across our land and skies.
But I did on Saturday.
Never before had I felt our Nation to be united in grief, prayer, anger and resolve.
But I did on Sunday.
Never before had I been glad to be interrupted by commercial breaks on television.
But I was on Monday.
Never before had my soul wept beyond tears, nor had my heart bled red, white and blue.
But they did that week.
Dear God, Please...never again.