I was just leaving for work. It was early, but our busy summer season was still in full swing and I was working long hours.
As I was heading out the door I went to turn off the television. The news was on and they had one of those “breaking news” reports.
They simply said that it appeared a small plane had crashed into a building in New York City.
“Stay tuned for more on this developing story”.
Just another day in the news.
I went to work.
By the time I arrived at work, maybe 10 minutes later, everything had changed.
I logged onto my computer, quickly finding MSNBC.
The headlines were unbelievable. The pictures and video, shocking.
All I could do was sit in silence and watch the events unfold online. Co-workers arrived and many did the same thing.
There was little talking.
Stunned, I had no idea what to do. Do we go home? Do we try to work? Is something else going to happen?
The day continued. I realized some people were actually still working and carrying on with their meetings and daily tasks. I wanted to ask how they could do it, weren’t they as scared and distracted and confused as I was?
I think the work day ended early for many of us. I went home to my little apartment and spent the rest of the day glued to the news, scared and extremely anxious about what this meant for the country.
Thousands lost their lives that day. So many more lives were forever changed.
We survive. We moved on. We never forget.
The past 8 years have been wonderful ones for me. I feel very blessed to have the life that I have. I incorporated these pictures into the post because my family is my everything and I could not bear to imagine even one moment without any of them in my life.
My thoughts are with all those who are hurting today.