I had been to Ground Zero only once after 9/11, when there was a temporary viewing platform and not much to see: just vast emptiness, an open wound.
Ten years later, things look much different. Construction of One World Trade Center recently reached a milestone: it is now 100 stories high and will soon surpass the Empire State Building as the city’s tallest building.
It wasn’t until I approached “Reflecting Absence,” the North and South reflecting pools of the National September 11 Memorial, that the emotion hit me. The pools, set in the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood, are beautiful, haunting, solemn, conveying perfectly the deep, dark void left in the aftermath of 9/11.
And then when you look up, here is this juxtaposition of something great rising up again beside hallowed ground.
The clouds’ reflection in the building and that bright, bright blue sky reminded me that still