For many of us adults we can remember the day for many historic events; what we were doing, where we were and how we felt at the time. Because I am in my 50’s I remember quite a few event’s from past history such as Kennedy’s assassination, His brother Bobby and Martin Luther King. Even though I was a young child I can remember each of those days as if they just happened. Our most recent event in history was on September 11, 2001 where 343 firefighters, 72 policemen, 227 airplane passengers, and approximately 3,023 died in the attacks, not to mention all the first responders who have perished since then due to various diseases and cancers.
I know exactly where I was and what I was doing, I was teaching music and reading in a small school in Everglades City, Florida I was in totally disbelief and immediately called my husband and was crying, because I had no idea what the future for my two boys would be. Would they have to go off to war? Would they live in a world where we would always have to watch out backs? My oldest was a senior and I simply could not imagine my boy having to go off to a country where they hate us Americans. I would have been proud of my young men if they had decided to go into the military, but it was not my first choice for them.
I can’t believe it’s been thirteen years since that horrific day. So many more have given their life for our freedoms here in the United States by being on the battlefield in a war.
It was a sad and scary time for all of us. l remember the patriotic outpouring immediately after with everyone flying American flags on their cars and just a sense of total belonging to the best nation in the world. Thinking about that day and being out and seeing our first responders provide a wonderful tribute to that day, has made me realize once again how wonderful our life is here in the US. Life is short and we never know what may be around the corner for any of us so cherish each day, spend it with people you love, which I did this weekend. I spent Saturday with someone who’s been in my life for a number of years however, due to life events we’ve not been able to see each other in about seven or so years, but those few hours we spent talking will remain with me for a very long time. It’s rare someone enters your life that can make such an impact, but I am extremely fortunate to have a small handful of these wonderful people. 9/11 will forever be burned into out minds and hearts, and during this time of remembrance keep those you love close and tell them often.