Monday, September 11, 2017

Where were you on Tuesday, September 11, 2001?

This is hard for me to write cuz believe it or not, after 16 years, I'm still raw by it. I was studying for finals when I heard my mother yelling at the tv. But that was normal so I didn't really pay it any attention. Then my phone started ringing incessantly and I tried to ignore it but it just kept on ringing and ringing. They just would not hang up till finally I answered it as snotty as I wanted to be. It was my sister asking me if I was watching tv. I said I was trying to study and ma was being ma as usualšŸ˜” and then she told me what was going on in the world. Two planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City. She asked me if I had heard from my other sister and her husband since they were traveling today. We kinda went back and forth a couple of times before it registered with me what was actually going on. Not knowing where my sister and her husband were traveling to or whether they were on a plane, put me in a state of panic. To the point I prayed like I never prayed before. I prayed that my sister and her husband were not on a plane. I prayed for the souls of the people that surely died and would die for this unholy catastrophe. I prayed until my mother grabbed me and said that my sister and her husband were not on a plane but were driving when this happened but they were okay. At least that was a relief. And then I turned on the tv. I saw the buildings burning. I saw the replay like it was Monday night football over and over again as the planes crashed into the buildings. I was horrified and my terror was renewed. I immediately thought of my daughter who was still at school. I wanted her home. My husband was at work and I wanted him home. I just wanted my family home and close to me. So many were not going to see their family ever again and I wanted my family home with me. It wasn't until I saw the first building fall that it occurred to me that a lot of people died that day that did not know the Lord. That was when the real tragedy occurred to me. That is when I was inconsolable. And I cried like a baby.

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