Thursday, September 6, 2007

I know, I know ...................................... my apologies .................................

Gay Cynic, I promise, I WILL get to the meme's .........................

Right now, though, I'm throwing down the gauntlet - where were you, what were you doing, what were your initial thoughts when you heard the news on 11 September 2001? This is open to any and all who read me - you're welcome to post it here, or on your own blogs ....................... taking a page from Holocaust survivors, we will never forget ........................

Remember, we were well-into our 2nd year in Monterrey ............................

I hadn't been able to sleep the night before; it was an undefinable anxiety keeping me awake 'til after 0200 ......................... M. had left for work, D. & I were still asleep, when Danny, an American acquaintance {and former Marine} started pounding on our door, ringing the bell ...................... D. answered the door, then came & woke me & told me that "they attacked the Twin Towers" - we all 3 stumbled down to our TV room, and were transfixed – M. came home, and he and Danny were as silent as the rest of us, watching & listening ........................ I truly believe we were all in shock, all that day, and for quite a while afterward ...................... it was so frustrating, not being able to contact anyone back here - and the border closing {since there was no indication when the border would open again} was scary ........................ we were able to come back up to McAllen that Friday, the first day the border was re-opened ...................

We lost a lot of our collective ........................ innocence? idealism? ....................... that day ........................

4 comments:

lainy said...

I remember that day as well, transfixed to the TV and setting up my daughters 11Th birthday party later.
My daughter now celebrates her B.D the weekend before the 11Th because it's such a sad day.

God bless all the innocent people who lost their lives and those who serve to protect us.

Jerry said...

I was vacationing, leave, at my dad's in NC. We came back from a shopping trip to see the "news." I was angry. I still am. When I meet a muslim I have many doubts. No, not questions. I do not have a lot of trust for that religion or it participants.

I now have a CHL, so does my wife, and one of my sons. If attacked....

Flo said...

Speak of the devil--I was just asking about you.

I was pulling into our driveway from taking the kids to school when they made an announcement on the radio. I went inside and turned on the TV. My sister called shortly after that, we spent most of the rest of the day on the phone together, watching the coverage.

The Sniper said...

I was just coming into work when someone told me a plane had hit one of the towers. I watched the second hit on the big screen TV they had there.

I knew right then that we were under attack and I called my unit. The duty NCO laughed at me. When the Pentagon got hit, I called back. He wasn't laughing anymore. I was on standby at that moment and went active less than three weeks later.

After on-again, off-again stints, I finally got to come home for good in 2005.