Sunday, September 4, 2011
9/11-In Remembrance & Where I was
September 11, 2001. A date that most of us know exactly where we were at that time. The horrible events of that day will forever be etched into our memories. It's hard to believe that in less than a week, on next Sunday, September 11, 2011, it will be the 10th anniversary of this awful tragedy in American history. Ten years!
Will I always know where I was that day? Yes! I can remember it like it was yesterday.
I was working as a manager at a convenience store here in my town & had to work 3rd shift late on 9/10/01.
My shift was over between 7-8 am that next morning and I went home, just as I would any other morning, rather tired but still had to unwind before I could sleep. When I arrived home, my neighbor was outside & wanted to chat a bit. He and I talked for around 30 minutes I believe it was. We parted ways & I went inside to turn the t.v. on to watch the Today Show/GMA just as I had done many mornings before...and then....I saw it...all unfolding on LIVE television. Time stood still for a while. Was this real what I was seeing on my television screen?
It felt more like a nightmare. Instantly, I thought of my family. My Aunt was in Virginia, but luckily my brothers were just a couple of miles away. I called them all immediately & it felt good to bond during such a tragic time. I had already had a horrible year because I was involved in a bad car accident in which my best friend who was about to turn 22, was killed. He died in my lap(something you never forget) & I was already having a hard time processing his death & trying to come out of a 7 month depression when more bad news was playing out on the screen in front of me.
One of the first things I thought of when I got off the phone with my family, as I watched it all unfold on the screen, was how helpless the people in the buildings must have felt. They all had loved ones, family, and friends who cared about them & their life was going to be cut short. Sadness overwhelmed me and I didn't know how to process what I was feeling. For days, even weeks, the coverage was on t.v. & with each name that was read/face that was shown/story that was told, all I could feel was immense empathy for them & their loved ones. It was like something out of a horror movie that played over and over in my mind.
9-11 is a day I will never, ever forget. I think most of us feel the same way as American citizens. Where were you on that day? Share your story with me here on the blog. Let's never forget! Always remember the ones that lost their lives & also, the many heroes of that day. Thank you in advance for sharing your memories of that day.
*This is being posted early because I was invited by http://www.blogwithmom.com/ to write about this in conjunction with http://www.bootcampaign.com/ . All thoughts above are my own and I was not compensated in any way to write this blog post.