It dawned on me early this morning when I got on the computer that today is September 11th. Today, eight years ago thousands of lives were taken in an instant. I think everyone knows where they were and what they were doing on this day eight years ago. Tears came today as I sat and watched the morning news shows revisit what happened to the Trade Centers, the Pentagon and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. This attack forever changed the world and how we see it.
This day also brings back memories of my son who was eight years old when the attacks occurred. You see he was in New York on vacation with Mama Sandy and Papa Randy only ONE month prior to these attacks. He actually visited the World Trade Center and ate on the 107th floor in the restaurant called "Windows on the World". It was a highlight of his trip and I am so glad that he got the opportunity to see and experience the World Trade Centers. I also count my blessings because if they were there only three weeks later, they would have been in New York and well, I don't want to think about that!
On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was still in Nursing School and I was doing clinicals at the Hospital. I was actually in a patients room when everyone started talking about the planes hitting the WTC. I turned the television on in the patients room and we started watching everything unfold. At first we thought it was just a horrible accident and then we saw the second plane hit the Towers and we knew that something was terribly wrong. We left clinicals early that day because everyone was so upset and some parents were taking their children out of school early.
I went home and was of course glued to the television and crying with the rest of the world. After Kaleb came home from school, I explained everything that was going on. He watched the news with me and at one point he saw that they were talking about Osama Bin Laden . Kaleb looked at me very serious and said, "Mom, I know where Osama Bin Laden is" You do? where? "He is in New York, I saw him driving a Taxi with a white towel on his head". (If you have ever been to N.Y. there are many taxi drivers with white towels on their head) Oh my, I couldn't help but to laugh! Thank God for children for only THEY can make us laugh in times like these.
Here is a picture of Kaleb at the World Trade Centers, August 13th, 2001
View of The Towers from the water
I was also fortunate enough to visit N.Y. (first time) in May 2001 for a girls weekend trip with Mama Sandy and Jamie. We also ate at the World Trade Center, I thought I would share a couple of pictures!
I found this picture and thought it was funny because Kaleb took the exact same picture (above).
So now you know what I was doing on this day eight years ago, do YOU remember where you were and what you were doing? I would love for you to share.