Remembering September 11

We will never forget. As I sit at my computer tonight writing this week’s post, I have the television on in the background. The evening news is airing a story on September 11, 2001. Earlier today, I took a few minutes during my lunch hour to browse Facebook, as I do every day, and I read post after post from my friends and family reflecting on the terrorist attacks. As I sat in solemn silence eating my lunch, I vowed …

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2 comments on “Remembering September 11

  1. Boyd – my how your post hits close to home in many ways! My daughter was a junior at NYU at the time. The University dismissed all students to their apartments after the first plane hit. From there my daughter watched the towers collapse out her apartment window. My wife called, as did most of my family wanting to know if I had heard from Tiff. I had not, but my assurance to them was she had no reason to be at the Ground Zero on that day – a school day – and that she of all people knows how to live through most anything.

    It was a friend of hers who collected phone numbers from the group, walked out of Manhattan, across the Brooklyn Bridge so to get cell phone service, and from there called me, along with everyone else’s parents/family, to say they were physically OK. That friend (which I have yet to meet) is who somewhat calmed my panic that had set in from the start of the morning’s attacks.

    It was the hectic 4 hours of not knowing the safety and welfare of daughter that I will never forget as a parent. And because of that selfish helpless feeling for my daughter, as a parent and citizen I too will never forget the senseless loss of life, sacrifices by so many folks, infringement on liberties and lives, and the unified response of the world population against such aggression.

    It was the events of the day, and the days and years that followed, that have had a lasting impact on my life’s perspective. To some degree, we all have probably reeled from that day. Personally, I have made an economic job change, and another because of a “Life’s too short to put up with that….” attitude. The moves made have been career-positive and the lessons learned, unregretful. I am blessed and thankful for where I am today.

    Last month I visited the 9/11-WTC Memorial with my daughter. Truly it was an emotional experience shared with her and several hundred others attending the Memorial for mostly the same reasons as us – to acknowledge that day with sorrow and gladness, respect and honor, remembrance and conviction. It was a morning I spent with Tiff at the place that made our 1500-mile separation on 9/11 seem like 15,000 miles between us. We now were able to comfort each other because of a time and event that taught us more good in ourselves and others, than the bad that unfortunately defined the day. 9/11 is forever a part of our national and world history that no one in heaven or reverently on earth should ever forget.

  2. Boyd Coleman on said:

    Tim,

    What a truly amazing story. Thank you for sharing. I didn’t know anyone in New York at the time, so I did not personally experience the fear of possibly losing a loved one. I think it was amazing that you were able to make those career changes and visit the memorial. What a great experience that must have been.

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