Where were you the day everything changed?
I can remember the exact place I was when I heard the horrifying news that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. I woke up early that morning because I found out my friend was in labor with her baby so I was driving to the hospital when I heard the news come over the radio to announce a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. That's all we knew so far. I remember thinking 'maybe it's a fluke', 'maybe a plane was just flying too low', many scenarios ran through my brain on my way to the hospital.
Once at the hospital I didn't give it much more thought. I walked in, my best friend was kind of out of it from the drugs, I hugged her and sat next to her while everyone sat around watching the news on the television. Labor progressed slowly. Nurses came and went throughout the day. The longer the day went on the more information we learned about that sad event.
By that afternoon my friend just about had it with the news. She kept waking up and turning it off but her family would turn it back on. I get it. I completely understood what she was going through. Who wants to think about something so horrible when they are bringing a precious new baby into the world? I was 6 months pregnant myself so the thought scared me as well. Here we were bringing babies into a world that is going into chaos.
I will admit I was terrified and I live no where near New York but it was the sheer fear of "holy crap something like this can happen to us? America? No, it couldn't be." I kept thinking some sort of explanation was going to come but I didn't expect the explanation to be terrorists. Within hours America was turned upside down and it hasn't been the same since. I'm proud of how America came together after that horrible tragedy and how many still band together to honor those lost.
Now on the anniversary of that dreadful day I want to offer my love and prayers to everyone who is and was effected by that saddening day and I want to send a quick thank you to every single law enforcement officer and fireman who risked their lives that day helping people. I also want to thank every person who is out there fighting every day for our freedom and safety. I appreciate all of you more than I could ever express.
Today is the day we remember those lost and remember why our lives and our freedom is so precious. Take a moment to give thanks, say a prayer for those lost and their loved ones, and hug your family close because in the blink of a eye everything could change again.
Thanks for reading.