September 10, 2010

Air of Uncertainty

September 11, 2001 was the day of my 9th wedding anniversary. We were living in base housing near Offutt AFB. I was pregnant with my 4th child. I had just gotten up and started my day care day and I remember being a little irritated that my anniversary gift was a griddle.

I sat down to the computer to check email and print off some day care stuff and a friend IM'd me and told me to turn on the news. I sat there completely shocked and numb. It felt like I was watching a movie. I was thankful that the kids were all in the play room because I was completely unable to tear myself away from the news.

When the Pentagon was hit, my heart just fell to my knees. Just the night before, my mom and I had talked about how my dad was to be there in the Pentagon that day for meetings. It was an extremely emotional day for me, compounded by pregnancy hormones, of course. I must have dialed my mom’s number 300 times before I finally was able to get through.

In a beautiful twist of fate, my dad’s meetings had been canceled that day and everyone that I loved was safe and sound. My heart ached for the families that lost loved ones. My husband called me from his shop on base to tell me not to leave the house or attempt to get ON to base because it was locked down tight (I found out later that it was mostly due to President Bush being there).

I loaded up my day care kids and went to the elementary school to pick up my kids. I just needed to have them home with me. There was such an air of uncertainty that day. Who? Why? What else? The days that followed filled me with pride and patriotism as I watched our soldiers prepare to act.

Shannon T.

Never Forget. Where were You on 9.11.2001 and what were you doing? What were you thinking? How has 9.11.2001 impacted your life?

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