Freedom Tower Elevator Video

If you’ve never seen this, please take less than one minute and watch it. It’s very, very cool. It’s the video that surrounds you, literally from your feet, to above your head, on all four walls all around you, inside the elevator, on the way to the top of the Freedom Tower in New York City. It shows lower Manhattan from pre-history to today;  from bedrock to swamp to colonial times to modern times. Mike & I saw it in person last fall when we stopped in New York on the way up from dropping Leigh at school in Savannah. Like everything in New York City, it’s insanely expensive, but if you can, go do it. It’s a bucket-list type of thing. You can find more on it here.


I don’t know why I’m surprised.

I cry at commercials, hug the U.P.S. man, closed my eyes through most of Jurrassic Park fercryingoutloud.

So I’m a little tender, okay?

But I’ve been welling up since Friday morning. Going down to New York yesterday didn’t help matters – but in a backwards way, it sort of did. Though I audibly gasped at seeing an Army soldier in an American city standing there with a loaded machine gun, and was sickened that it had come to this, within seconds I found myself uttering, again, almost involuntarily after an audible gasp “Oh look! The Freedom Tower. And we’re gonna build a foot taller than the Trade Center just to spite ’em, the bastards…”

Probably not the word of choice for the ears of my 14, 12, and 12 year old daughters, but choking back the tears as I looked up at that beautiful new tower, still being built, I don’t think anyone minded.

And just as a bonus? Today is our 18th wedding anniversary.