Fourteen years. So much has happened. In each of our lives. In the world.
But in an instant I am taken back to that day. That morning. Aren’t you? The sunny, stunningly clear blue September sky. Getting ready for the day.
I have tried before, unsuccessfully, to write what I felt on that day. I cannot. It was a powerful mix of emotions. Anger. Sadness. Pride. Fear. Uncertainty. ANGER. Pain.
But here is what I can share….
I watched the planes hit and the towers burn. I called my family. I prayed. I went to work. I talked with colleagues in NY. TVs in the hallways were tuned to the news. We were glued to them. Three planes. Maybe more. The pentagon was hit. One tower collapsed. 2 towers collapsed. Heroes on Flight 93 gave their lives to stop even more carnage.
Flights all across the country were grounded – a business trip the next day and a flight to Seattle for my mom’s 70th birthday celebration were put on hold. And I was ok with that.
I went home from work. Put a flag up in the window. Mostly I remember the numbing, profound sense of national mourning – and pride – watching what unfolded for weeks.
We must hold this in our hearts and Always Remember.
There are so many memorial reminders today. A friend shared this with me today, and it touched me. So I share it with you here.
Hug your loved ones, ya’ll.
I’ve had an eerie experience this morning. Monte went to the marina last night for some repairs to the jib, and spent the night on the boat. So I’m up drinking coffee and watching the morning news by myself. The very same kind of morning I was having 11 years ago today — when I watched a plane fly into the World Trade Center.
At about a quarter to 8AM, central time, it all started. I recall the evolving emotions I felt …disbelief, anger, uncertainty and confusion throughout the rest of the day as events unfolded. I went to work that day, but everyone was glued to their web browser or TV monitors. And then came the prolonged feeling of what can only be described as grief, as I watched the aftermath of the attack play out on television over the following days and weeks. I did not experience personal loss of family or friends in the attack, but I believe all Americans were mourning the loss, together, of an attack directed at all of us.
Since then, life has moved on for me, bringing both joy and loss. But in reflecting on that day 11 years ago, it’s startling to realize how quickly the time has flown by. And, it’s embarrassing to note that I let too many of my days be filled with meaningless concerns and busy work.
So, on this day I pause to remember those that lost their lives, those that sacrificed their lives for others, the family and friends that experienced inconsolable loss, the feeling of national unity that today seems unattainable, and the responsibility we all must bear to live each day of our lives to the fullest.