I wanted to take the time to think and reflect. The truth is that it was important for me to write and reflect upon the 9/11 commemoration, remembrances and T. V. broadcasts. As per previous thoughts, I know that 9/11 can be a difficult, vulnerable and fragile time. Where many emotions re-surface, and the grieving asks for healing. We all grieve and try to find a path for healing in our various ways. Sometimes it is the quiet space – a time to think and reflect that becomes important, to ensure that the destructive force of grieving does not become a source to hurt another. But having said this, it is important to note that an infliction from another or an external source is causal, meaning that it is a creation, creating from one to another.

Sometimes the depths of love are explained in silence.

Shazia. S. Hussain Originally hand written on August 29th 2021, edited on September 13th 2021.

Just as they say it takes two to tango when in love, the juxtaposition becomes: can two tango together then in pain, sorrow and grief? Can relations survive and thrive through the wounds of one to another? In my view if one truly and utterly cares, relationships are worth it. But the ‘worth it’ part has to come from one to another, meaning that relationships are worth the time and investment if this is derived from the people invested in the relationships. If a person wants to move on, as difficult as it is one must let go. But the letting go is easier said than done, especially as relational attachments are beyond the physical, but also spiritual, where souls are united as one.

I don’t want to hurt you, I love you too much.

Shazia S. Hussain 09.12.2021.

As I think about the relations that were severed in all of a sudden, I know that relations beyond 9/11 have also been severed. The relations ultimately torn apart through the lens of service and sacrifice. But I don’t think it is right to compare the effect and impact of relational severance, grieving and pain, because we all have a story, and ones pain is ultimately worthy of respect as another’s.

“9|11 Twenty Years Later America Remembers” (2021) by David Muir | I appreciated hearing and listening to the stories from the survivors of the 9/11 attacks as from the interviews in the documentary by David Muir’s World News Tonight ’20/20′ entitled: “9|11 Twenty Years Later America Remembers” (2021). Whilst I know revisiting and grieving can be another way to re-create trauma and re-traumatizing, I felt that it was important for me to watch, learn and also take the time to share grief. As well to humanize the experiences and stories of others. These are real people, real victims who continue to live on. From the perspective of a student as a researcher, I found the value of learning how to develop interview skills, as the interviewees as participants, that allowed the individuals willingly to share their story.

“The Babies of 9/11: Twenty Years Later.” by Diane Sawyer | I also appreciated watching the documentary by Dianne Sawyer entitled: “The Babies of 9/11: Twenty Years Later.” We can only try to relate with our own stories, but I know the strength and determination that it takes to raise children as a single mother / parent. We try our best, sometimes there are good days, and sometimes not so much of a good day. To become the driver of a family, and try to keep everything together as much as possible. I feel glad that someone did care enough to follow these mothers and their babies, as a shared story and journey with the growth of these children through the 20 year life span. From a student researcher perspective we can learn the valuable skills of a longitudinal study, especially to design a specific research question.

Pentagon – I would also like to mention former President George W. Bush who presided during the time of 9/11, who especially noted that America does not discriminate against Muslims in his 9/11 remembrance speech at the Pentagon. A simple well done, A+ and applause to you. Given the social constructionism of terror attacks, that happen to create divisions, hate, divides, heart break and sorrow; only to leave ordinary people to suffer and yearn for loved ones. Past divisions and divides were created to sway mass public attention and perception, the collective strength and healing must be gathered up, to look beyond these and to remain America Strong!!!

You are my holy ground. God Bless You, protect you, keep you safe. God Bless America!

Shazia S. Hussain 09.12.2021.

It is with these words that I would like to take the time to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who took the time to make the 9/11 remembrances, ceremonies and broadcasts possible, especially for those who could not be physically present with you, but we are, I am always with you in spirit. Thank you.


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  3. Image – Pictured from my T.V. screen as I watched 9|11 20 Years Later America Remembers by David Muir
  4. Image – Pictured from my T.V. screen as I watched The Babies of 9/11 20 Years later by Diane Sawyer
  5. Image – Twitter handle @DavidMuir
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  7. Image – Pictured from my T.V. screen as I watched ABC News 9|11 America Remembers
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  10. Image – Instagram Link @DavidMuir
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Further Reading: CNN Politics | Read former President George W. Bush’s speech at the Flight 93 memorial service

Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on September 12th, 2021. Please note that a complete reference for the documentaries included within this blog post will be included once the videos become available online. Thank you.

With Love & Kindness.

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