Sunday, September 11, 2011
I was twelve years old.
My pregnant mother, three siblings & I were on our way to keep the nursery at church for a ladie's Bible study.
The sky was the most magnificent turquoise blue color, and I remarked to my mom, "isn't this just the most beautiful day?!? Not a cloud in the sky!" Who knew it was not so beautiful elsewhere?
We arrived at the church building, then not even 20 minutes later there was chaos as cell phones rang all around the building. What was happening? Something about a bomb. No, wait, a plane. Yes, a plane had hit a building in New York, Now, two planes. Two airplanes had hit the Twin Towers in New York.
I ran back and forth between the church nursery & the church office (where the TV was), updating my mom on the latest events. As I ran into the church office for the umpteenth time, I saw the most horrible sight. Tower #1 started to fall... down, down, down and only fire & smoke left behind. Horrible screams came through the television set. I ran back to report to mom what had happened.
My head in her lap, I sobbed while my mother stroked my hair gently. At twelve years old, I didn't really know what had happened or the impact that it would have on my country, my family, my world.
The next tower fell. An airplane had crashed in Pennsylvania. What on earth was going on?
The next few weeks went by like a blur, the television always on the news channel, watching the latest developments. Lots of tears, lots of confusion, lots of new words.
In the next several months, my dad was deployed. He was gone for 1/2 a year the first time, 13 months the second time. He missed my senior year of high school due to the people behind this tragic day.
Life has never been the same & it won't ever be the same. My country is changed forever.
For all those who sacrificed their family, their health, their lives, please know that we are thankful. Thank you for what you did ten years ago. We will not forget.
On that day when we walked out of the church building, the sky was still a magnificent turquoise blue. A blue like I have never seen since. Now every time I see an unbelievably blue sky, I remember that day.
Where were you?