Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering 9-11-01

I can't end this day without writing about the remembrances of September 11th eight years ago. Can you believe it's been that long? It's like other major events in our lives, we tend to remember them like they just happened yesterday. I probably won't ever forget the feelings I had when I was on my way to work that day. I had the radio on and the news came on about a plane hitting the World Trade Center. I thought it was just an accident -- probably like everyone else in America. Until...the other plane hit.

I was in a meeting and a coworker came to the conference room and told us about it. I still remember that feeling. That feeling of helplessness, fear, anxiety, the unknown. A fear I don't ever want to feel again.

I remember going to my office and turning the radio on and listening with that feeling persistent in my mind. I called Jason at his office. I cried. I didn't know what else to do.

Jaden came home from school today and told me they learned what happened on September 11, 2001. I was a little surprised, saddened and a bit glad about it, as well. Yes, those are very different emotions to feel all at once.

He said they watched a video about it. I was surprised that they would show that video to a Kindergarten class. I was saddened because it is something in our history that he had to learn about it. And yet, I was glad that he did learn about it because I think it is something we should never forget.

He wasn't alive when that took place. And I am thankful for that! I remember wondering "why would I want to bring a precious child into this horrible world?" when all that happened. It changed my mind when I heard someone say, "because if you bring that child up in the way of the Lord, he could change the world." I hope that's true. I hope my children never have to live through another 9-11 or, God forbid, anything worse. But I do know that today is a reminder that there are people in this world who do wrong, but there are many more who do right.

And I pray that we are bringing up two boys who will make a difference in this world one day.

1 comment:

Tami said...

Wonderful memorial. Cody said they watched a video too and played me the music that went with it. It was quite a sad time, but sure does make me thankful for the love I have in my life to help get us through all of these very scary, hard, angry and questionable times. Love you