Boat Lift

I saw the video below on a friend’s Facebook page. At first I didn’t want to watch it, because honestly, thinking about 9/11 is still traumatic for me. I was half way across the country in the Chicago suburbs at the time. Riley was a baby. I watched the footage all day to the point of making myself crazy and sick. I didn’t know better at the time. I felt I had to be tuned in, in case. It made a housewife in Chicago tremble in fear, and I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to be in NYC. Fear beyond fear.

Boat Lift is different. It’s what the news didn’t mention. A call for help was put out and instantly, boats showed up to evacuate people off Manhatten. Boats that were out floating around doing whatever, work, pleasure…they stopped all they were doing and drove right into the thick of it.

They helped. I always think of Mr. Rogers and his famous advice…. “look for the helpers.” When dealing with any type of problem, especially disaster, teach your children to look for the helpers. They are there.

Boat Lift (narrated by Tom Hanks). The perfect short film to renew your faith in humanity.

4 thoughts on “Boat Lift

  1. I’m covered in goosebumps. Thank you for sharing this. I, too, was at home with a new baby, eyes glued to the TV as I clutched my little girl, wondering what this would mean for her world.

    I like this ‘footage’ much better. This gives me hope.

  2. Powerful video — I hadn’t heard about the extent of it and was most surprised that it was the biggest evacuation by boat in history, bigger even than Dunkirk.

  3. Beautiful. These stories are so important. We are capable of amazing feats. On 9/11, I was in the Toronto area in a high rise apartment with Adam, who was 5 months old. I was listening to a live radio broadcast because we didn’t own a tv. Even in another country I was still afraid everytime a plane flew over our building. This video brings a much needed balance to the new narrative we live with.