I have this need every anniversary of 9/11 to just be able to talk about my day...even 11 years later. I feel the pain and horror and anger as acutely as I did that very day.
I was working at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care...working the phones when I heard a commotion a few cubes down. A plane had flown into one of the Twin Towers and my co-worker was crying because a family member was on a flight that morning. As the news started filtering through, we all seemed to still be under the impression that it was a plane that veered of course.
I went back to work. I was on the phone with a physician's office when the horrific news came in that another plane had flown into the other Tower. I knew immediately that this was no errant plane...it was an act of terrorism...America was under attack. We cried together, this secretary and I.
We were released from work that day. I called the school because I had a 14-year-old foster child enrolled and wanted to know why the parents were not being told 'come get your kids'. And to tell you the truth, today, don't remember why, but I have a vague recollection of them keeping them...having gathered them in the auditorium...to talk it through? It's a blur.
What isn't a blur is how JAM responded when I called him. Because I was sent home, I was now alone and scared. So I called JAM, but he was cold and seemed annoyed and said he'd catch me later. Apparently, he was busy on the phone talking it all through with his REAL LOVED ONES. I believe it was at that moment I realized...it will never be as I want...it was my defining moment to extricate myself.
Anyway, I will be glued to my TV today...watching 9/11 documentaries all day long. And I will remember this day...I don't want to ever forget. I don't want to ever forget those who lost their lives..those in the Towers and surrounding areas...and those who gave their lives coming to the rescue. And I will cry off and on for lives lost and all the acts of heroism.
It was an act of terrorism against the free world and no one...no one was unaffected...no matter what part of the Planet.
Please feel free to post in and talk about your day and how it unfolded for you.