Friday, September 11, 2020

09/11 - Remembrance

09/11 is not an ordinary date, it's a date that brought some of us to tears and brought others to their knees.  It's branded within us. It's a sad part of American history. 

I was in 9th grade when it happened. I remember walking to class, having a note handed to me by my boyfriend at the time, and seeing the expression on his face. A look that still haunts me till this day. He walked off and didn't utter one word. I sat in my seat and I read the note to myself. He mentioned the Pentagon being bombed and a building in New York being hit by a plane. I didn't understand any of it.

A few minutes later our principal got on the intercom and asked all the teachers to turn on the TV's in their classrooms. We sat there watching this tragedy unfold. We were speechless, we were afraid, but most of all we were all saddened by this.

After school activities were immediately canceled. My mother picked me and all of my siblings up from school. She didn't know if these terrorists would strike again, and if so, where. Houston is considered a major city, so she didn't want to take any risks. She wanted all of us at home.

So many lives were taken that day, but so many lives were also spared. I read an article online that listed all the people who lost their lives that day but also the ones who didn't make into work because of every day delays such as: spilling coffee on your shirt and having to change, your car not starting, taking a phone call on your way out, missing the bus, waking up late because your alarm didn't go off.

So, the next time you're late for work due to any small, annoying delay; that's exactly where you're supposed to be. I've said this time and time again, "You are not one minute late or one minute early." By the grace of God, you're exactly where you're supposed to be.

We will never forget. 09/11

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