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Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11, 2001: A Look Back

Nothing I could write about would compare to the horror that unfolded that day so this will just be a reflection of ten years ago on this day. Where was I heard? I was in bed cuddling with Nico. My sister, LeeAnna called me and asked if I knew what was going on and did I see the news? I said no. I was watching Disney Channel at the time. I set Nico up with the movie Tarzan downstairs and went back upstairs and turned on the news. She said a plane flew into one of the twin towers. At the time we were thinking what a terrible accident that was. We were on the phone as the second plane crashed into the second tower and suddenly it dawned on us that it wasn't an accident. I was pregnant with the twins and we found out Nico had CF two months before and I was battling a depression so bad that my world already felt like it ended. It felt like the rest of the world as I and everyone else in America knew it had ended at that moment. Disbelief is the only word that comes to mine. I wasn't much of a follower of politics and our own news depressed me so I was not a big follower of the rest of the world's news either. I was a busy wife and mom of a three year old and was pretty self-centered in those two roles. I kept thinking how worried I was for the health of the twins and then I worried about what kind of a world was I bringing them into. Living in fear became the norm for awhile. I was afraid to let Nico out of my sight. I hated when Leo left the house. My family would call each other several times a day and it seemed that everyone knew everyone else's whereabouts for a long time after that. The fear of where the next attack would strike was the biggest fear. I still can't believe that three of my friends got on a plane the weekend after the attacks to come to my baby shower. I'll never forget that. I hope they know how much it meant to me. I would have completely understood if they decided not to come but the fact that they did will forever endear them to me. The stories that got me and still get me were the ones from the people trapped in the buildings or on the plane that called their loved ones to say goodbye. Can you even imagine being the caller or the one receiving the calls? Heartbreaking. I'm going to share a song and a video by Alan Jackson that he wrote in honor of September 11th. He says it a lot better than I could (there were a bunch that were moving that I could have put directly on here but watching those images again made me feel sick again so I decided to just link this one that has the words to the song that are powerful enough and if you feel like hearing it, you can click on it.):

Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning

Can't get through this day without thanking all of the men and women that have fought and continue to fight for our safety. God bless.

2 Comments:

At September 12, 2011 at 10:31 AM , Blogger Chris said...

'I still can't believe that three of my friends got on a plane the weekend after the attacks to come to my baby shower. I'll never forget that. I hope they know how much it meant to me.'

It was probably the safest time to fly. :) That said, you couldn't have kept me away. You guys got me through the worst time of my life...it was nothing to return the favour, my friend!!!

 
At September 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Aw...Christine! That is so sweet. Right back at ya with getting me through the worst time of mine. You're right, it probably was the safest time to fly.

 

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