May 3, 2011
"What was your reaction when you heard the news?" That's the question I asked Deborah Borza in a phone conversation Monday morning. As I listened to her talk through her thoughts and feelings on the death of Osama bin Laden, I couldn't help but be a moved by her response. Borza's daughter, Deora Bodley died on United Flight 93 that was hijacked by terrorists and crashed in Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001. She could have been emotional and vindictive over the death of the head of al-Qaida. I wouldn't have blamed her for saying, "Yes, I'm glad that (well chosen expletive) is dead." But she said she felt nothing. Probably because she has felt so much emotion over the last nearly 10 years that there is no more love, hate, anger, fear, or any other emotion left. No matter how many terrorists are killed, there is no way to bring back her daughter, or any of those mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers who lost their lives in the attack on Sept. 11. She wouldn't give me that emotional sound bite, because if she did it would have been too easy and not genuine. She said she hoped the moment, which has become so emotional for some, would be a catalyst for change. A focal point in the lives of people that would cause them to look at their lives and make changes in their life that would affect change in their life, their community or the world. She said a lot of things that stuck with me, but one that I will likely remember for a long time. It was a phrase she borrowed from her daughter: "Some people has who, what when, why or how. I ask peace."