Thoughts on an Anniversary
By Mat Tombers
During an e-mail exchange last week with Hal, I found out
that Friday, the 10th of May, was the anniversary of HalEisner.com.
It is now six months since I have been sending in my weekly
column [with one week missed] to HalEisner.com and I want
to write about what writing for it has meant to me. It might
not be as long a column as usual, but that's probably okay.
I wasn't sure what it was that I was going to write this week,
until today,walking through the day. Earlier today, I went
to see my Doctor for my annual check up. We're mildly friendly
- even though he hasn't told me to, I call him by his first
name, feeling, rightly or wrongly,that anyone who has the
right to take some - or a lot, as it seemed today - blood
out of me, should be someone I call by their first name. I
feel the same way about dentists.
Anyway, we talked and he told me that last Sunday was the
first time he had gone downtown since September 11. Sitting,
talking with him, I realized that he is still processing what
Then, tonight, I had dinner with a friend I made during my
days in the internet business. He and I haven't seen each
other since November or December. As we finished dinner, sipping
tea, I discovered he and I were checking in with each other
about how we were doing, in regards to September 11th.
Both of us acknowledged that things were seeming normal but
that this normal is different from any other normal. It is
what I have called "passing for normal". Brad, my
friend, had a different word for it. He called it a different
normal. It's normal but it's different.
So it is. What I realized tonight is that we are all processing,
working our way through what has happened and we are doing
it in our conversations with those we can trust to discuss
it, "it" being the sea change in our lives that
has resulted in a need for mass healing. We can't do it with
everyone; just with those we can trust, who we think will
That's part of what this writing has been for me, an opportunity
to heal, to write out for whoever reads this - and that is
making the assumption that someone is reading this - what
has been going in my life, in my heart, in my soul, with those
that I love and those about whom I care.
It has been a healing experience to see the words form on
the page and to find my feelings and thoughts find form -
and function - a reason for me to think and process.
It is not easy but this has made it easier; it has given
me a focus. I have been grateful for the requirement, the
honoring of my pledge, to write because it has forced me to
think, to feel and to form my thoughts. I wish sometimes they
were more eloquent but they are what they are, as honest as
I can make them.
So, thank you, Hal for giving me an opportunity to think
and feel and share; I appreciate the chance. Happy Anniversary