America was attacked on 9-11-2001?
Would you share, briefly, where you were? I believe this is one of those pivotal moments. My mother's generation all remember where they were when they heard the news of Pearl Harbor or the news about President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.. I remember some stark moments -- when President Reagan was shot, when John Lennon was shot, and 9-11.
We had just moved to Virginia and my husband wasn't finished in-processing at the Pentagon. However, he had been asked to come to a conference out in Maryland so was out of the building that day. My daughter was at school, my son was with me. We were sitting in the line to get the oil changed in my car. I had let him out of his car seat and he was bouncing around. I heard the news on the radio about the twin towers. Then I heard the news about the Pentagon. I ordered him into his chair, called the school and said, "I'm coming to get my daughter." I called my husband's widowed mother to tell her I absolutely KNEW that he wasn't in the building that day. I picked up my daughter, and we went home to wait. Praise God, we had just moved into our rental house and didn't have any TV service. My children never saw the footage until it was history.
My husband finally made it home about 8 hours later. Since then, we have a family plan, a meeting place, and a family member not on the East Coast who is the "check in" person.
We explained in simple terms to our children what had happened. The very next morning my 4 year old son prayed, "Dear God, please change the terrorists' hearts."
What about you? Where were you? How are you changed? This is not a place to rant, but to share some of the grief that many have carried since then.