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Remembering 9/11 & how I feel now

September 11th, 2008

Today is the seventh anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and Flight 93. My day started out getting ready while watching Fox News. They were replaying the events from seven years ago. It made me think back to that morning.Twin Tower Attacks

I can’t exactly remember if it was my husband that called me or if I called him. I remember that my son was 5 years old and that we were doing school. I remember turning on the television and seeing the first tower spewing smoke from the upper floors. I remember the news caster speculating on whether the crash was an accident or a terrorist attack.

I then remember the second tower being hit. The first thing that came to my mind was: “This is surreal. This has to be right out a Die Hard movie.” I half expected John McClain to save the day and blame the chaos on Han Gruber and his evil cohorts. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. It wasn’t Hollywood pyrotechnics on my television screen. Evil villians didn’t just live on the big screen. They lived in this world too.

I must’ve been in shock when I was watching the events unfold seven years ago. Watching the Fox News tape this morning, I never saw people jumping from the upper floors of the World Trade Towers. Oh my Lord! To be an employee at the top of that disaster and be faced with the choice of either burning to death or jumping…. I can’t fathom the grief. I can’t imagine coming face-to-face with death like that. I felt tears burn my eyes as I saw people jumping from the building on the taped footage. My eyes burn now just thinking about it. If I were faced with burning to death or jumping to it, what would I choose? No one should ever have to make that choice.

After seeing several people jump, the towers started to crumble. How could two monolithic structures fall down like a house of cards? How was that even possible? Why was it all happening?

I remember being extremely upset and talking to my husband on the phone. He was leaving work and going straight to the bank to take out some money. We were both unsure what this would do to the financial market. Would people panic? Would this effect gasoline and food purchases? We both knew that we would need cash. We were both thankful that our cars both had plenty of gasoline, and that our pantry was stocked.

When my husband made it home, we were both glued to the television. Our young son didn’t understand that our world was changing right before our eyes. I remember wondering how this would effect his future.

Flight 93We then started to get reports about the Pentagon being hit. Then, we heard about Flight 93. All of those poor people lost. Stories of bravery and tragedy were on every channel. We were told not to panic. We were told that all bridges, government offices, schools, etc. would be closed until further notice. Later, I remember everywhere I looked, there were flags and “United We Stand” stickers. Americans, in every color/sex/religion/age, were proud of our country and wanted to stand up and fight. We were a gentle giant that had had enough torment.

Looking back at 9/11, I don’t believe that the same events could happen again. I think that Americans learned that we aren’t invincible. I think many Americans would gladly give their lives (as did Flight 93) in order to protect our nation and beliefs. We would pick up arms to protect our families and even strangers. I know I would. It doesn’t matter if we don’t believe in the same God. It doesn’t matter if we don’t believe in the same rules. It doesn’t matter if we don’t agree on most things. I am an American and will help defend your and my rights. We are so fortunate to live in a country that allows us to speak our mind, believe what we wish, and defend ourselves against injustice.Statue of Liberty

Our world has changed. Just after 9/11, my Mom passed away. I remember going to the airport and getting just shy of a full-body cavity search to see if I was hiding anything. How strange it was to be asked to take off my shoes, to stand spread-eagle, and have a metal detector pass over me. Was this the price of protection?

My husband flies quite a bit for his job now. He is no longer allowed to take a soda into the airport or on a plane. His toiletries must be in an approved plastic bag and all contents must be under 3 ounces each. My mother-in-law recently had small, sewing scissors confiscated before boarding a plane. We all have to remove our shoes before going through metal detectors. We all have to get to the airport hours before our flights take off in order to go through security. Breast-feeding mothers are asked to drink their bottled breast milk. Do these precautions REALLY protect us from the bad guys?

I read many articles like this one stating that TSA agents let bomb components through on a regular basis. That agents are quick to confiscate grooming scissors, knitting needles, and bottles of soda, but they miss the potentially dangerous stuff. What are all these “precautions” for?

I think that the terrorists hurt us beyond taking down the towers, injuring the Pentagon, and downing Flight 93. They managed to make us scared of the unknown. We live in fear now and don’t mind giving up freedoms for the sake of “security”. Maybe that is what the terrorists wanted all along? We all know that fear is a crippling weapon. It breaks down the spirit.

Honestly, I wish we could just show the world what we are made of. Rebuild the Twin Towers JUST LIKE THEY WERE. Show the world that we are strong. We are united. We won’t cower and run. We can honor all those that were lost on 9/11 by becoming a nation that is unified. Let’s make sure that all those lost did not die in vain. Let’s rebuild NOW and learn from this tragic event. A life lived in fear isn’t worth living.

One Response to “Remembering 9/11 & how I feel now”

  1. Cynthia Says:

    GREAT POST!

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