Cindy Lange-Kubick: Lincoln couple and native New Yorkers return home with hearts in mourning, September 25, 2001 | Local

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“I thought it would be more heartwarming to come home,” she said. “But I got home and felt so lonely. Everyone has been so helpful, but on some level people can’t understand the magnitude of what has happened.”

For the Nebraskans, it would be like someone blowing up Memorial Stadium on game day, the couple said. Everyone would know someone injured or dead.

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“They can’t imagine the level of sadness that we are feeling – that my family is feeling,” she said. “I lost my dad when I was 18. It doesn’t begin to compare to that.”

Tuesday James will return to work. On Monday, he poured milk for his daughter, fixed his son’s Game Boy, drank coffee, cried.

“I am believed,” he said. “I am always believed. I will be believed for a long time.”

Post Scriptum : The Healeys now live in upstate New York. They returned to New York in 2009 to be closer to their family, says Anne Marie. James still works in IT; she is a nurse who works a 12 hour shift the day we speak. Highlands Academy in Lincoln – the nursery and preschool she set up with a partner – is still in operation. And the family is still crying on that terrible Tuesday in September.

“We can’t even watch movies about it; we don’t read books about it,” Anne Marie said. “I can’t talk about it without crying.”

And she doesn’t. But they told their children about that day, their youngest unborn, their two eldest without memory. “The remarkable thing about 9/11 is the way the country came together,” she said. “And we don’t have that now.”


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