I debated whether to post at all today. September 11 doesn’t feel like the right sort of time for goofiness, relentlessly mocking my own flaws, or micro-analyzing the world around me. It feels as if I should have something bigger and more important to say.
But I believe frivolity is of enormous importance. We need all of the little details that make up our days. I believe in the lame jokes, the small kindnesses, and a spirit of resilient levity in an imperfect and often evil world.
On September 11, 2001, I hunkered down in my sister’s apartment with a small group of hometown friends. We foraged for pizza, we watched the news, we waited to hear if our friend’s dad had made it safely out of the Pentagon. When he knew his dad was safe, my friend poured himself a big glass of wine, grinned, and said, “I have a few brain cells marked for deletion.” That small bit of humor pulled the day into focus. That was when I knew that everything would be OK.
So thank you to everyone who has posted something beautiful and profound about today. But also, thank you to everyone who posted something ordinary, frivolous, nitpicky or ridiculous. We need you, too. We have to mix the sublime with the absurd. It lets us know that a broken heart can keep beating. In your honor, I offer a link to a hilarious and odd video:
Rick Astley, Beaker-Style