An Anniversary We Don’t Want to Celebrate

Has it really been 10 years already?

As I know you must be, I still pray for those who lost loved ones on that day, for the families who have lost sons and daughters in the ensuing wars since that day, and for those who have served or are serving overseas as a result of that day.

My kids are too young to remember 9/11/2001. They will never know what life was like before that day. Before 9/11 our biggest fear was if we had enough rice, beans, and water for Y2K. Before that, for a decade after the fall of communist Soviet Union we lived in unparalleled peace.

Where were you on 9/11?

Sharing where we were, what we were doing, and how we responded seems to be the most common way we work through the pain of that day.

I was leaving the gym when the first plane hit the first building. I saw the smoke on the news and assumed it was an accident.

Once I got home and checked my email, I thought someone had hacked into the CNN website because I kept receiving these email news updates that made no sense. Another plane hit the Pentagon. Another plane hit the 2nd tower.

I woke Debbie up once I turned on the TV & discovered it was all too real.

8 days later we flew from LA to JFK on an American Airlines flight. We went through with our plans to meet with a group about the possibility of starting a Mosaic in Manhattan. Before the meeting we walked the streets of Manhattan where there were signs of people missing posted on every pole and every fence. American flags were everywhere.

So much has happened since then.  Innocence was lost.  Wars have ensued.  The economy has been damaged.

At the same time, people have demonstrated heroism, selflessness, and the ability to survive and even thrive after facing such tragedy.

Where were you when the world changed?

What do you miss the most about life before 9/11?

What has impressed you in this new world?

  • Debby Wright

    It was a Tuesday, my off day. I was home watching a really good lifetime movie . I called my formerboss/current dad Ken to c how he was. He said ” What r u doing”, I told him watching a good movie. He said ” You had better turn on the news, a plane just flew into that tower in New York!! I think I was actually on the phone w him when the 2nd one hit. Then I tried to call my husband, because I feared there would be retaliation in the Dearborn/Detroit area. There was no answer, I called my mother-in-law. We were frantic, til we knew he was safe!! Then, the erie days after, sitting in my car for my breaks and lunches, w/o hearing any planes for at least a week!!! Calling my dad/Ken telling him how much I had appreciated him all those years & having him comfort me by say ” Why, r u going somewhere?” I prayed often for my kids & family & friends.

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