As an impressionable High School girl, the experience of 9/11 would inform my days and years to follow. I would leave my small town and attend one of the nation’s most diverse universities. I would embrace and welcome and love all people as my parents and grandparents had beautifully modeled all my life. I would soon call New York City home, and love it with all my heart for 12 years strong.
My love affair with a city of community and colors and character carries on. For 2,983*, this adventure ended on that picture-perfect day.