Rude awakening

Date Submitted: 07/21/2003
Author Info: Ann (Griffin, GA - USA) 
Occupation: Self Employed/Entrepeneur
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

My husband works for Delta, and was just before moving up to Team leader of International when this tragedy happened. This day, Sept 11,2001, was an off day for him. Two months and 4 days prior to this horrible day, our baby girl was born. We had not quite finished her nursery, so she slept with us in our huge, comfortable bed.

I remember waking up and sleepily looking at the TV I always kept on at night for some visibility in case I needed to jump up in a hurry and answer my baby girl’s calls for Mommy. She may have been right beside me, but I still needed that TV light for guidance. Anyway, as I woke up that morning (9:02am) I hear my husband mumble something, which sounded displeasing, and looked again at the TV. Well, I wear contacts, so between my eyes just waking up and the fact that I didnt have my “eyes” in yet, made for some blurry images on the TV screen.

What I thought were smoke stacks on a harbor somewhere, was in actuallity the first tower boiling with black smoke after having been hit,so I put my emergency eyes on (glasses) just in time to see the second plane hit the second tower. I, like millions of people, did not know exactly what I just bore witness to, but what I DID know was that I was shocked beyond words. And that is the only way I know how to put it. I am still in shock because I just cant phathom something like this happening and life going on as usual. Isn’t time supposed to stop, even if for just a brief moment, so as to really relay the magnitude of the horror?

I feel sick inside every time I even think about that day now. As I lay in my warm, safe, comfortable bed that Sept day, infant close to my side, I cant help but think….Thats my baby that perished in those buildings. Thats my Mother, my father, my friend, my foe. Regardless what you may lable them to be to you, they were all living, breathing human beings that met a horrible ending while trying to do for their families. I just cant get my mind around it. I cant imagine my baby girl living for a mere 20 yrs as some of those victims did just to have her life snuffed out without the chance to even began to live. There is a lot I cant imagine. One thing I do know is that I will always have enough tears in my eyes and love in my heart for those people and their families. As I look over at my baby girl sleeping peacefully, I began to weep……..


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