I woke up this morning to this news…

You can print out a copy of the speech from the White House blog. I also saw this tweet about how Hitler was also confirmed dead on May 1st. Coincidence?

Although I am now living abroad in Italy…I am still an American. The news gave me a sense of relief. That someone who inspired so much destruction – was finally gone from this world. I was then thinking about how much time has passed with 9/11. Numbers that mean so much, across all cultures and languages…people know what you are talking about when you say 9/11. It’s been nearly 10 years since that day…and I still remember it clearly. I was at Cornell…a regular morning, walking around in the Ag quad. Then I saw the news being reported at the dining hall TV while passing by. I went into the EdWeb labs to check the Internet and I remember that the news sites were down, flooded with traffic. Then there was just a video of a plane crashing into the tower…so we could all see. It was shocking…and I was speechless.

Although I don’t know anyone close to me that was affected by the events of 9/11 directly…or anyone involved in the military these past 10 years…I still find this news of bin Laden’s death relieving. I can only imagine what it means to those directly affected in some way. Is it bizarre to rejoice at the death of someone? Is it right to seek revenge, when in normal everyday life that is always thought to be fruitless? Will this event solve our problems? Will terrorism stop? So many thoughts and questions are swirling in my mind. I don’t know. I don’t know what will happen now. If things will get worse or if things will get better because of this event. But I do agree with what many have said…plastered all over the news now… that it is a relief…a sense of closure for what happened to Americans…and to the world. That all efforts have resulted in something. And…I think the world is a better place…even in some small way…

I saw a tweet by Ali Edwards about how one might include this event in project life and it really got me thinking about recording such memories in our scrapbooks. I know that often people think of scrapbooks as photos of big events in our life – birthdays, weddings and such. Then everyday life, moments and stories got popular and in trend, so to speak. It’s always been on my mind to do something like project life…naturally. Meaning, just a book of my life. It might included pages of layouts or just photos or just journaling, ephemera…anything, everything. And the memory and reaction to a day like this one…that is most certainly important. I decided to print out the speech, the tweets and this blog post as well. My thoughts…because it is part of my life at this point in time. A scrapbook does not simply mean the happy times or select events. It’s life…all of it… I think so anyway.

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