Sunday, September 11, 2011

I remember....

On this day 10 years ago we were in the middle of switching classes, I was a sophomore in high school and was so confused at the impact this had on the US. At that time I could not grasp the full effect of 9.11, maybe because we were hearing it second hand and at that age not a lot makes perfect sense. When I got home I finally started to grasp the reality and horror of it all. Being from a small community sheilded from anything even remotely close to a terrorist attack I felt scared. How and why would someone do this was on my mind. As the years have gone by and I have grown up and made a family, even the littliest of harm in America shocks me to my core. My children are my entire world and to see such hate in some people breaks my heart. The best way I can fight back is by teaching my children to be good and caring people.

If you did not know Jordan and I were in NYC the past few days, we got there Thursday when talks of a terrotist attack were all about. I felt scared, nervous and unsure of what to do. But the moment we walked out of our hotel Friday morning I felt safe. The countless number of police and military men were covering every single place we went. The cars entering Times Square were being searched. I felt so proud of our military men and service men. I typically only "hear" about what they do, but this time I got to actually witness it. I am so thankful for all of them. I seriously have never seen so many machine guns in my life! 

I will admit I was a tad nervous (borderline freaking out at times) while traveling through the city but that did not stop us, or any of the visitors/residents from going about their daily routine. I do not want to live in fear of the what-ifs. I think 9.11 has changed us all, we have learned to help each other and love each other. We have pulled together and will continue to be strong.

Friday night while over in Hokoben our friend took us to a spot with an amazing view of the city. I just wanted to share this one picture of the Freedom Tower. Can you guess which one it was?


What do you remember from that day?

2 comments:

  1. Same as you, really. I was a Sophomore in high school, switching classes, and a girl I knew who was heading down the hall kind of frantically, stopped for a second when she saw me and said "The World Trade Center just fell."
    I was confused. I honestly had no idea what she was talking about, and thought maybe it was something similar to the stock market crashing? Then we watched news footage in my next class. And when I went home, my dad was already home (very early for him) glued to the TV. The magnitude of the event slowly sunk in...
    And now that I'm an adult and can better understand that day, I feel much the same as you. Just sad and scared for a world in which such deep and destructive hatred can exist. Which only makes the need to be loving and merciful of others so much more important. That is the lesson to pass on to our children from 9/11: to love our neighbors, selves, strangers, and enemies, rather than partaking in hatred, vengeance or intolerance.

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  2. i have the a picture in this exactt spot in hoboken, at least i think! its look identical!

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