September 11, 2011

911 Anniversary

It was 10 years ago today, the world we knew changed.  I remember it was a glorious beautiful day.  My oldest son, Paul, was at college.  My youngest son, Mark, was in HS.  My husband at work.  My plans for the day was to start on another room for fall cleaning, after I finished my coffee while I sat at the computer in our family room, reading my email and watching the Today show.  And then it happened.  I called my son at college and told him to turn on the TV and to stay in his dorm, not to move.  The second tower was hit.  I kept trying to reach my husband with no luck.  That's when I started to panic as he works for a company that has government ties.  I remember not knowing if I should go pick up my youngest son but I remember that I felt that I couldn't move from the TV and then the Pentagon was hit.  My son at college called me with extreme terror in his voice, asking me what was happening, what should he do, what was going to happen, what did this mean?  All questions I had no answers for and I still couldn't reach my husband.  I told Paul to stay in his dorm as I felt it was the safest place and I would let him know if we would be coming to get him.  Then it was the heroes in Shanksville Pennsylvania.

When my youngest son walked through the door he was physically shaken and pale.  The fear written on his face.  We just sat on the couch with my arms around him and watched the images on TV.  After hours of trying to  reach my husband, he called, relief, he was ok.  However, some of his coworkers that he knew, were on the first plane that hit the towers.

I remember, for days, I hardly left the couch, watching the TV trying to process what had happened, how could this happen, what this meant, what those families were going through.  Those days following are a blur.    Today, 10 years later, it is as vivid in my mind as it was that beautiful day in 2011.  But today is in remembrance of those who lost their lives, and their families, because of a senseless act of hate of innocent people

I think we were all changed by that horrific day.   We didn't know each other 10 years ago and I would like to know where you were, what you were doing, what you felt, your thoughts, etc., etc.,  Today is for those lost, those that remember, those that mourn, today is for all Americans.  Please feel free to leave your feelings, thoughts, prayers and comments.


bermudaonion said...

That day 10 years ago changed us all - I think we lost our sense of innocence.

Vicki said...

That day is etched in our memories. It will stay with us for the rest of their lives.

I don't understand how people could hate other human beings that much!

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

That day changed us all. I will never forget, but I have hope for the future. Lovely post, Cheryl. I did my own tribute post as well here:

XmasDolly said...

Great Post, but for me I almost feel as numb today as I did ten years ago, and I cannot shake this feeling. Glued to the TV for weeks, and just numb. That day I saw the second plane go into the second tower is vivid in my mind. Is it a horror movie I wondered? That couldn't happen in the U.S. I got in my car and drove to work, and when I got there all I wanted to do is go back home. I did not feel safe. I guess it's almost like the commercial where the man breaks into the lady's house, and she felt violated & unsafe so she got ADT. Do they make ADT for the United States too??? I NEED A HUG!