I was at home in Florida, having my usual cup of coffee and watching CNN--a morning ritual at the time. It was before marriage and kids and I could do those kinds of things.
When the first plane hit, I watched it on CNN thinking it was a joke. A scene from a new movie, perhaps, but definitely not real. It was like the earth stopped spinning. I think we all just kind of looked on in awe, not knowing what to think or do. My Hubby (then boyfriend) was in the other room and I told him to come watch the news.
We both sat glued to the TV all morning, as did people around the world. I tried calling my parents from my cell phone but couldn't get a line out for hours. I had to work that day at the airline. This is back when I worked in the office at the airport and all planes were grounded all over the country. The first time in history that ever happened.
Now, I know what I went through as an airline agent is nothing compared to what people in the heart of the chaos endured. But let me tell you, taking calls from frantic passengers was tough. All kinds of emotion was swirling around in the air and airline workers took a beating.
One passenger told me he wished I had been on one of the planes that went down, all because I couldn't do what he was asking me to do.
But that was the kind of day 9/11/2001 was.
I've been to the top of the WTC. It was a breathtaking view.
I work for United Airlines.
I'm married to a firefighter, and I know how hard they work and how much they care about saving lives. This last picture really hits home, just imagining what they went through .... the people they couldn't save, the brothers and sisters they never saw again... missing in the rubble; the unborn children they'd never meet, the families they left behind ...
And it was the same for people from all over the world.
The sadness, the heartache, the anger, the confusion .... we all shared it. We were united through loss.
I won't go into my thoughts on killing in the name of God. That's a bucket of worms that need not be opened on a blog.
I'll simply say, the lives lost on September 11, 2001 was devastating to all the world. No life was worth any more than another, regardless of race, religion, or nationality. Everyone lost that day.
In memory of those we lost .....
Do you have a memory to share?