Today is September 11th.
Many of us remember exactly where we were the moment we heard that the Twin Towers had fallen.
The shock, disbelief, overwhelming sadness of such a monumentally monstrous horror befalling people who just happened to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
Those of us who remember are a part of history.
When our children and their children’s children read about that day in their history books, we will be the ones with memories of those events indelibly etched into our minds, hearts and souls.
We are a part of history....
But not all history is a shining moment in the evolution of our species.
The launching of the iPad, the power of a veritable supercomputer in our very pocket, the successful first run of the Hyperloop, and other vestiges of a digital revolution which continues to amaze us every day does NOT wash away our fears.
Some history is soul-crushing.
Some history places a burden upon the backs of those who suffered through it. And it is because of this I urge you to remember how you were, WHO you were on September 11, 2001. Remember that day and share your story.
Don’t let this day pass by like so many others. Use it as a way to remind our children, friends, and family that we remember, because we don’t want to just sweep the unpleasantness under the rug and hope it doesn’t happen again.
We have a responsibility to learn from it. We’ve earned the right to mourn the loss of innocence and innocents. These aren’t just things that happened in a dusty old book we half-read decades ago for a high school english course then left on a shelf unforgotten.
Please share your stories in hopes that we can purge the loss, and fear, and sadness that might come up for many.
But when you’re done look at the present with gratitude and grace because the world is full of compassion, love, and hope. Hope for a brighter tomorrow….Hope for a brighter today.
On Facebook I asked the question:
I was getting ready to go to bed after working the overnight shift at the paint factory. I didn't sleep, just couldn't turn the news off....
On the freeway with my then boyfriend to court for a speeding ticket …
Home and happy to be out of work. My last job had been in Manhattan.
I was on my way to a meeting at the Pentagon and was stuck on the metro a stop away w/o knowing what happened.
I was in Virginia, 9 months pregnant and counting down the days, when it happened. was on the phone with my son's father, watching it in disbelief on CNN.
Australia. Didn't hear about it til a day after. I never felt a connection until I went to the 9/11 memorial last month.
I still have my key chain I got of the twin towers at the UN just over a year earlier. I do have pictures that I need put together as well:(
I also wrote my name on the ramp that they built around the clean up sight a year after the attack:( and of course I forgot my camera that time it was so eerie. The paper was still stuck in the trees and one of the streets was still cracked right down the middle at ground zero. It was so surreal and I never thought I would have been able to go back so soon after.
I was at Blessed Sacrament School... working with this beautiful woman who had an inappropriate affect of laughing and she couldn't stop. I never forgot that either :-(
Got confirmed lung cancer diagnosis on that day, Dr wanted to discuss surgery in near future, but in my mind the world was ending after the towers fell so I just hung up on the Dr.
I was sleeping. My boyfriend (now husband) called and woke me up and told me a plane crashed into the twin tower. I immediately turned on the tv and the 2nd plane was crashing. My stomach dropped then I just sat there in disbelief. I will never forget watching the people so scared they jumped out the windows. When they fell I yelled out loud "oh my god!" even though I was alone. I cried and cried. When the towers crumbled I could feel my heart crumble.
Later I went into work and was in a daze. As I looked around it seemed everyone was in a daze.
Thank you all for sharing your stories.
Do you have a 9/11 story to share?