|Austin-Bergstrom International Airport|
Message from a Texan Actor in New York
by Kristina Fleming
[Kristina sends this message on Sept. 17, 2001, in response to condolences from Austin - Ed.]
Believe it or not, there has been quite a bit of laughter here in New York, albeit not rampant throughout the city. However it is among friends who are trying to keep each other sane. In my neighborhood people (including myself) have gone to the movies to see things that made us laugh. People in the video store were having a run on all the comedy section.
It is my first day back at work and it is quite somber. I am temping uptown at a financial investment firm, so it will be interesting to see what happens here today. I was home in Brooklyn when the shit hit the fan and I stayed in Brooklyn all week long. Flags are flying everywhere and people are smiling and talking to each other on the street. I feel like I'm back in Texas instead of in New York. I am still reeling from the shock. Had a view of downtown on my daily train ride into the city, and now I just see smoke where the towers used to be.
Words can't really begin to express what people are going through here, and I feel very lucky to not have lost anyone. My father is an American Airlines pilot, and I used to work in the World Trade Center.
But for God's sake, you have to laugh and go on with life. That's what I and my friends have been doing without ignoring the magnitude of this thing. And I guess it's much easier if you haven't lost anyone.
Thanks again for your concern. Just gonna have to take it one day at a time.
It is so quiet here today. Bless you and thanks for writing.