Saturday, September 11, 2010

Where were you on THAT 9/11?

I used to be annoyed year after year on September 11th with all the hoopla of that ill-fated day. TV, newspapers, everywhere would have some reminder of the tragedy at the World Trade Center. In my naivety I thought they should just leave it alone already, stop re-hashing it, stop reminding so many families of their loss. But that was just it: me being naive.
For many families, it is a day of reverence, a day to honor their loved ones and also a reminder that Americans, and human beings on the whole, have incredible fortitude.
Most people remember exactly what they were doing on that day. I was at work and when the first tower was hit I thought it was just an unfortunate accident, but by the time the 2nd plane crashed we were all huddled around a television watching in disbelief.
Immediately I thought of my son and panic set in. If anything else was about to happen, I needed to be with my son. I picked him up from daycare, went home, and watched the news for the rest of the day. I cried as I saw the towers crumble, people covered in ash, running for their lives, helping strangers, bodies falling from the buildings as though it was a movie scene. I hugged my son even tighter. I couldn't imagine being out there and I was grateful that I wasn't.
I remember when my friend, Tamyka, told me her 9/11 story. She was pregnant at the time and IN the WTC and had to run down  flights of stairs to get out. She named that baby Destiny and we sure are happy to have met them and have them in our lives today.
So my prayers go out to the families, the survivors, and anyone who suffered a loss on that day.
Luv from my heart straight to yours.


Anonymous said...

This is a beautyfull write up Mandy...I did not know Tamyka was in there. I am so happy to have met you and her, you both are wonderful people. The 9/11 was a tragedy and every memorial in honor of all the families should continue for generations to come. I love reading your blog...

AnaMontes said...

Socrates was telling me yesterday that every time it's a nice clear day, he thinks of 9/11. i don't.. "luckily" i was working in a warehouse all day so i didnt notice the weather... but i do remember it every time NY comes up in a convo w my family from portugal. my aunt (who has never set foot outside of her lil village in portgual) keeps to this day a picture of the wtc tower...

Mandy said...

Wow! That's so touching Ana ! (your aunt)