Where Were You?

“No matter how hard we try words simply cannot express the horror, the shock, and the revulsion we all feel over what took place in this nation on Tuesday morning. September 11 will go down in our history as a day to remember.”

Quote from Billy Graham

One thing that links us is our common remembrances. The two that stand out to me that has happened in my lifetime is the assassination of John F. Kennedy and 9/11.

Rick and I had been visiting his parents in Evans, Georgia which is a suburb of Augusta, Georgia. We had gotten an early start for our long drive home on the morning of 9/11. Rick’s dad is hard of hearing and kept the TV on loud while we were there. So we had decided to travel without the radio on and enjoy the peace and quiet.  We spent most of the day in bliss, chatting and enjoying each others company. It was not until we stopped in Bainbridge and got gas did we learn of the horrors of the day.  At first we thought maybe the employee was playing an hoax on us, but when we turned on the radio, we found that what he said was the truth. We spent the rest of the trip listening to every word on the radio with our mouths agape and our hearts full of sorrow.  When we got home a couple of hours later, we unpacked the car,  and as we were in our no TV mode , we drove over to J. Michaels, when they were still at the Marina, and sat at the bar and watched the events of the day on the TV there. Seeing the footage of the Twin Towers collapsing brought it home to us more than any radio announcement could.  My heart still goes out to the families of the innocent people who lost their lives that day and to the brave men and women who did what they could to help.

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snow flake”
– M.B. Ray