Looking out the Sounder window at a sun-splashed view of Mount Rainier across the Puyallup Valley, it was Twitter on my iPhone that first shook me from grogginess and reminded me that today marks the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The fact that it was social media that provided the reminder is a sign of the times. And perhaps, just maybe, the fact I needed a reminder at all is a sign that 11 years later things are slowly returning to normal - or at least as normal as they'll ever be in the wake of the single most life-altering event many of us will ever know.
But rest assured - as cliché as it sounds - we'll never forget. Whether we're comfortable acknowledging it or not, we were all forever changed by 9/11.
And Seattle had an important role in it all.
In 2006, on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, Rick Anderson noted:
Outside New York City, Seattle has a singular place in the calamitous history of five years ago today. It was here that people helped design and build the World Trade Center, here that people were aware of intelligence that came too late to save the WTC, and here that people assembled the airplanes that destroyed the WTC Sept. 11, 2001.