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Sunday, September 11, 2011

One Year Ago- Or Ten

On this day one year ago, not much compared to this day ten years ago. In my writing group GBE2, we are to write on the topic of One Year Ago. I knew this was my chance to write about the day we all know as 911.

 I will never forget that morning 911 as I woke up.  I thought it was just another day in my Minnesota life as a mother of two. My husband and I awoke and turned on the t.v. in our room. Our three and five year old were up on our bed cuddling with us as we had done so many times before. Little did we know at the time, that this day would change our lives and the lives of all Americans forever.

We saw in front of us what everyone glued to their T.V.'s saw.  Confusing images showing one plane then a second crashing into the Trade Center Towers in New York.  I have never witnessed the vulnerability of news casters all over the nation.  Confused anchors some crying were trying to figure out what had happened in New York.  Was this an accident, or a terror incident? I got the kids out of the bedroom in a daze and served breakfast to them in horror.  I remember being so shaken and even noticed my hands quivering.

My twin sister called upset and shaken too and told me she had heard the news on her radio as she was walking her morning power walk. She knew I would need to take my morning walk and offered to come over and watch my two kids.  I thanked her profusely and tried to remain somewhat calm knowing I was sending my oldest child to afternoon kindergarten that day. I felt so vulnerable like at any moment anything could happen.

As I walked the trail, I just sobbed knowing life would never be the same.  I will never forget those that we lost on that day and the bravery they showed in the worst of circumstances.  The nation and America became one body that day.  The bond that this tragedy wove that day, will never be broken. I am proud to be an American.           Google Images

17 comments:

  1. So true. Everything changed for me that day.

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  2. Anonymous12/9/11 00:29

    So powerful....I remember where I was that day, too, and how indescribable it felt to watch the events unfold. So powerful. Thanks for sharing :)-Katwin2010

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  3. I think we can all remember just where we were when we first heard or saw the events of 9/11 (and not just people in America either, since I'm in the UK).

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  4. Laura, I'm struck by your comment about the vulnerability of newscasters. I was a reporter for nine years. What I learned in that time is that despite being told to be objective, we are only human. At the time of the attack, I was living in upstate NY and my folks were in Brooklyn. After getting a call from my Dad specifically to say that he and Mom were okay, I began watching the events unfold. Even though I knew they were safe, I lost it and called my editor saying I needed to take time to go to NYC to be with my family. I didn't go, because I was counseled not to -- among other reasons because the city went on lockdown and it was not going to be possible to get in from outside -- which probably worked out better. But it was hard as hell to hold it together and keep reporting. One of the reasons I quit the news business -- my mind and heart couldn't take all the bad news. Great post. It affected me deeply.

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  5. Daphne,
    Wow, I bet that was so hard. I know what you mean about being told that you have to be objective. I am a therapist by trade and sometimes the heart and head have to go together.

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  6. Paula,
    Good point. Wow your in the UK and it was hard on you too. So amazing.

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  7. Hi sis-Yes, this is a day that will be etched in my mind and heart forever. Watching newscasters cry, people jumping from the twin tower windows in desperation, people walking out of the dust after the towers fell. A very painful time in our history but we will all be forever bonded. God Bless America :-)

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  8. Linda,
    God Bless us all....

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  9. A day we will all remember. I have it in my head file along with the day JFK was killed. Thank you for sharing your memory. And I agree, God Bless the USA and Laura Rogers.

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  10. This is a wonderful post and I think a lot of people felt exactly as you did as the news unfolded that day. Before 9-11 most Americans never would have believed an attack like that could have happened in our country. I think most people felt immune. 9-11 changed that and broke the bubble. We realized how unsafe and vulnerable we were.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/

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  11. Jo thanks so much. And God Bless You

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  12. I remember well the vulnerable feelings I had that day. I remember just wanting my family together. You have such a loving heart Laura--I can only imagine how that day affected you. Thankfully, those attackers didn't have the victory that day--we prevailed as a nation stronger and more united. May those that perished that day rest in peace.

    Cheers, Jenn.

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  13. There are just some things that can't be forgotten. I also remember during the broadcast on the radio at work the announcement that a plane had been shot down in Pennsylvania. It wasn't long before that story changed, but I personally do believe it. It doesn't change the bravery of those on board, though. Those people did what needed to be done.

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  14. SJerZGirl
    It is unforgettable for all....

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  15. Jenn
    I think you have such a big heart. That day was hard but I agree, it brought us all closer.
    Love and Light

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  16. Kathy
    Good way to put it. That day broke our bubble. Have a great day. I love the way your new blog looks.

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