The last day in the old world. Before we knew words like Bin Ladin, Taliban, sharia, IED, Homeland Security, TSA. Before our government treated us all like suspects. Before thousands died while we watched it transfixed by the images in the television.
I had that day off. We went canoeing. It was a fine day, blue sky, a hint of fall in the temperature. There will never be another day in my life as carefree as September the 10th, 2001.