Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11th


In 2001 I was working as an assistant director of admission at a college in Connecticut and my husband worked across the river as an engineer designing hull sections for nuclear submarines. On the morning of September 11th 2001 I was in a meeting with a colleague and two of our athletic coaches--we were discussing recruitment plans for our athletic department. Our meeting was interrupted by a call from my colleague's wife. A plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center and her sister was in midair, enroute from Boston to California. Needless to say, our meeting was over.

We worked the rest of the day in shock, glued to our computer screens to keep up-to-date with the news of what was going on just 1.5 hours down the road in New York City as well as in DC. Fortunately my colleague's sister-in-law was safe, but so many others were not. The submarines at the base were sent out, one after another, to open sea--except for one that was left to guard the entrance of the river. Huge barricades were erected around my husband's work site--one of just a handful of places in the country where submarines are designed and built.

I went home that night to my husband, horrified at the evil that had permeated our society. We had been talking about having a baby and the idea of bringing a baby into this world now seemed to be a selfish and terrifying thought.

September 11th is more than just another day...it is a date that brings me to my knees in gratitude for the lives of my loved ones and in prayer for those who no longer are with us and with thanks to those who spend every day working to keep there from being another September 11th.

12 comments:

Marie said...

Beautiful post today. What a horrific and scary day that was.

Sounds like our husbands do similiar work. Is he still designing for subs?

Jenni said...

What happened on 9-11 was came as such a terrible shock, and I think just about everyone felt the same. Thank you for reminding us of that day, because it makes us grateful for every day of peace and safety. It makes us grateful for our freedom! :)

Have a great day! :)

Weeksie50 said...

Beautiful Post.
Becky

nikkicrumpet said...

That was a really touching post. Your words brought back so many memories of that horrific day. May God bless this great country and the people who fight to keep it safe....and bless and keep those who lost loved ones.

duchess said...

Great post & thanks for remembering. I think more American's should do that more than just once a year.

Mrs. B said...

I'll never forget watching that morning as events unfolded. It was so surreal and so tragic.

Jessica said...

thank you for the beautiful words. I borrowed your picture....thanks

Joy said...

It truly is a day I hope to never forget. Your post was very touching. Thank you!

Shannon said...

What a sad sad day.

kari and kijsa said...

Beautiful post!
We are celebrating our one year anniversary and wanted to thank you for being a special part of the past year!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Thanks for this post. We should never forget. I know I won't.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I just watched the clip below. Thank you for posting it. Very inspirational!
M.L.