Monday, September 11, 2006
September 11, 2001....It Changed My World
Recently there has been so much attention on this anniversary both in the media and here in blogland that I thought I would make a few comments, too. I don't want to be thought of as unpatriotic or anything like that....but I also don't want to dwell on bad things too much.
On that fateful day HB and I were living in Vallejo, CA. We were still in our RV as we had just found the house that we're now living in. HB was getting ready for work and had the TV on and I was peacefully snoozing away. He woke me up saying "You have to see this!" I was groggy and a little miffed that he had woke me up so unceremoniously, but I stumbled out to the TV and was immediately wide awake. I could not believe what I was seeing. My mind kept trying to take it in but just couldn't seem to grasp the fact that it wasn't an accident.
We stood there in the middle of the room and watched as they showed the planes hitting the buildings over and over again until finally I couldn't look anymore. In my heart I knew that we were living in a different world than we had been in just a few hours before.
HB went to work and I was left alone to watch the horror unfold. I watched for awhile and then turned it off but then I would worry that maybe something else had happened so I turned the TV back on and watched again....and this cycle continued for the rest of the day. By that evening I felt as if I had been through hell and back....just physically, mentally and emotionally drained.
We signed the papers for our house a few days later and I can truthfully say we were wondering what the hell we were doing! I'm sure our signatures were very shaky on those dotted lines! We had no idea what was going to happen in the next few seconds let alone the next 15 or 20 years! It was a scary time for us.
I will never forget 9/11 and the horror of that day. Luckily I knew no one who was directly involved in the tragedy but I think we are all involved in the aftermath.
The photo above is how I would like to remember the skyline of NYC....I've never been there but I have seen that skyline so many times in photos and movies and TV that I feel as if I have. I want to remember the towers filled with vibrant, happy people....alive and going about their everyday lives.
I am no longer as trusting as I once was. I realize there are people in the world who hate me simply for the country where I was born. I am always upset by fanaticism of any kind or extremism. And they seem to be very prevalent in the world today....both here and in other countries. My world is changed. I am changed.
This photo was from www.valdezlink.com and I hope they don't mind that I used it.