Never Forget. Never Again.

Ground zero from my trip in 2005.

Gosh.. I was having a pretty crummy day yesterday...and if you follow me on IG, you know why... (More on that later) But as I was thinking about my seemingly frustrating moment, I paused to reflect on today. September 11th. And after that, my troubles didn't seem so bad...

It's a day I promised myself I would never forget. And I remember it clearly... My sister woke me up to the sound of the morning news...She said, "Janet, wake up. Something really bad is happening..." And indeed it was terrible. I watched mesmerized (before the 2nd plane hit) trying to figure out what was going on. A movie perhaps? A sickening practical joke? A few minutes later, the plane hit the other tower, and I thought to myself, "This is not real. It. Can't. Be. They must be filming a movie. Someone will come on the air shortly and say that this was just a big prank...Like the time they aired that one radio show that everyone thought was real.." (What was that show called? War of the Worlds?) It was horrific. All those people. :-(

That whole day had a heavy feeling to it.. I remember driving around and everything felt thick and sluggish. We were a nation in mourning. And it was a little scary the next few days after that. I often heard military jets patrolling our area at night (I guess because we were so close to L.A.) and I kept thinking that nothing would ever be the same. It certainly isn't.

Let us vow to never forget this date.
Ever.

9 comments

  1. I don't follow you on IG.. What's up boo? :/

    And good point. No matter how bad my day is.. I'm safe at home.

    xo

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  2. I remember that day very well, I used to come home from school and settle in front of my TV, I think I was watching Buffy or Angel. And when I got home I turned it on and saw the news. But I didn't realise what was happening at all, and I just complained because they had cancelled my show. And then my father told me off, saying "Can't you see people are dying ?" and I instantly understood that it was something really wrong, because my father didn't use to talk like that. And I was ashamed of complaining about that stupid thing. I guess at first I was just a selfish teenager far far away from the place these events were happening. But I remember now, and always will, and feel very sorry for all the people involved in this tragedy. And I will always be ashamed of my first reaction that day.

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  3. This is probably one of the most horrific things that has happened in my lifetime. When you're at school learning about history and everything thats happened you never imagine something equally as horrible will happen. And when it does, its just beyond words. It really doesn't feel like a decade has passed since this tragedy.

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  4. I'll never forget either. That day changed so many lives...including my own. :(

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  5. I remember that feeling, when my mother called us into the living room just after the first plane hit. I don't think it's possible for us to forget such a tragic moment in our history.

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  6. I still can't believe that it has been eleven years. I can never forget that day.

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  7. too true, lest not forget. i remember that devastatingly gutting day, at the time i lived in Toronto and had just come back from a trip to NYC, visited the trade towers and everything. we had friends there and tried to call them when it was happening but all the phones were off the grid. the fear and sadness was palpable everywhere. coming back from something that tragic is what the people of New York did though, it's sure inspiring to know some of the survivors stories. hardships like this we wish would never occur, my prayers go out to those who lost their loved ones in this heinous tragedy. ♥

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  8. Janette. Thank you for this post. I loved reading it. And I appreciate the person you are! On a side note... (maybe this will make up for your crummy day) I nominated you for an award! Head over to my blog to check it out!

    ♥Deidre

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  9. Like everyone else ... I just can't believe it's been 11 years. My heart goes out to all. Thanks for posting about this. Although it's always tough to write about / think about, it was nice to see so many bloggers post about this tragic, yet important day.

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