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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Where were you?

Seven years ago today, my mom woke me up and told me to turn on the TV. My grandmother had passed away a few days before, and I was off work and school to attend her funeral. I was irritated because I had an hour left of sleep before I had to get up. Then, she told me a plane hit the World Trade Center. I thought she was crazy. It had to have been a horrible accident. Shortly after I turned on the TV, the second plane hit. I just cried. It was not an accident. I will never forget the horror I felt in that moment. The saddness. The worry for the people in the towers. The pain of the people who knew someone in the towers. The anger against the people who did it. Our world was forever changed. I think we all walked in a numb daze for weeks after that. Not understanding.
Less than 3 weeks before Eric and I started dating. After that moment, I never wanted to be away from him. It changed my outlook on life. I knew what I wanted, and now understood how delicate life is. My safe feeling was forever shattered. We were engaged just 2 short months later, and married a year after that. If 9/11 never happened, would things have happened that fast? Maybe, who knows. All I know was I didn't want to wait. And I wouldn't change anything.
I used to love to fly. Now, I notice everyone around me. Certain sounds scare me. It's not the same, and probably never will be. I still love to fly, but it just isn't the same.
Today, I have avoided watching the news. I guess today, even 7 years later, I want to avoid and deny the pain I feel. I can't imagine what the families must feel today. It is very, very sad.
I will never forget. I will always remember. I will some day tell my children about that day. Hopefully, the world will be a better safer place by then. All I know is, I will always remember what it was like before, and never forget what all those people went through on that day 7 years ago. And I will always be proud to be an American. IN GOD WE TRUST.

4 comments:

Laurie said...

I really can remember it like yesterday. I didn't turn on the TV that morning but I heard it on the radio on they way to the kids schools, then saw it on the TV in Matthew's kindergarden classroom, I just couldn't believe it. I went to work but left right after because I wanted to know my kids were safe.

Laurie said...

I just realized that my profile picture is the one that Ruby hates! lol

Angela said...

wow, deja vu. i, too, was asleep and was awaken by my mom yelling that a plane had hit the world trade center. i couldn't believe what i heard, so i reached over to the tv and a minute later, the second one hit. i was in college at that time, and i had a piano class in the morning. the mood was so somber and just sad...and you could tell there was a lot of fear in the air. i left class half way through to be back at home with my mom. it's still so sad, and i do tear up everytime i see an image or a video of the planes hitting the tower.

In Due Time said...

Thanks for stopping by.. the mural looks awesome!! :-) I try to stop by every day too to see if youve updated. Hugs!