Sunday, September 11, 2011

Everyone Has A Story!

My Story
We were babysitting the grandchildren there were two at the time, Kathy was pregnant for our third. I took Mike to school and returned to a still sleeping grand-daughter! 
Will, called from the other room,"there's been an accident, a plane hit the World Trade Center." OMG upon first view! Then before my very eyes the second plane hit! We are at war and this country will never be the same, were my first words, feeling frightened in total disbelief. 
Within moments the reality began to sink in, I realized my daughter and son-in-law were flying in that same day from a convention held in Las Vegas. The only thing I knew for sure was that they were to land at 4PM in Boston, not knowing the whole itinerary. 
I can't even begin to describe the sheer horror that I felt at that moment. I began by calling the hotel the only thing they could tell me was that they had not checked out, but could not be sure, neither answered their cell phone. I called my son, "those poor people in the planes I screamed," not even comprehending the poor souls lost in the Towers! He said he would make some calls. There was another report of a plane down. By this time I was hyper-ventilating, totally out of control. Not in my personality, or so I thought!
My story has a good ending we heard from our daughter around noon. They were in fact in the air at the time of the attacks and were headed for a layover in Phoenix, AZ. 
My God, don't fly home I commanded not realizing that all planes had been grounded. 
They rented the last car available and drove back to Massachusetts. 
A neighbor was an airline stewardess on flight 103 and covered for a friend on that fateful day, she left behind two small children and her husband! 
To all those families who lost loved ones my heart and soul goes out to you. 
You are forever in my thoughts!
So many stories and everyone has one or at least you remember where you were and what you were doing! 

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Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Gosh, Rose. No wonder you were freaking out. The day before my boss had let me watch the US Open tennis match in my office, so when I walked in on 9/11 everyone was gathered there, eyes wide, barely saying a word, then BAM! the 2nd plane hit. Watching all of that unfold was sickening...wondering what building was next...what other attacks had been planned for us that day. Thank God our leaders had the foresight to shut down the airspace. Glad your family was okay. It still affects me too much emotionally so I pretty much stayed away from tv and internet all weekend. It still hurts.

A Rosy Note said...

I remember that day with such clarity too. I can't believe it's already been ten years.

Lynn said...

So glad your kids made it home safely. So sad for all the ones who did not and their families and friends. It's still too much to grasp completely.

Sara said...

Amazing photo, so calm and idyllic.
I'm so glad your daughter and son-in-law arrived home safely that horrible day.

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