While we were eating dinner last night, Bryn mentioned that in her Com Arts class (aka. English), her teacher discussed September 11th and asked if they knew what their parents were doing that day. I think it's probably the first time Bryn's ever been made aware of what really happened on that day. I know I've never discussed the details of it with her & I'm guessing they never went into too much detail in elementary school or she would've brought it up to me. I hadn't talked about it with her until now, because I really didn't want her to worry every time we set foot into an airplane, since we travel a LOT. She tends to be a worrier. Leave the worrying to me instead.
But she asked so I told her.
Bryn was 3 months old. I was in the kitchen. At that time, we had a small tv on the counter. I was watching the Today Show, as I did every morning at the time. The tv is long gone, as are my days of watching tv in the morning. While watching it, I watched the first of the Twin Towers in smoke as they had just got word of the first plane. Then I watched the 2nd plane hit the other Tower. I went back into our bathroom where Bob was getting ready for work & told him about the planes & without any other information (because there was none at that point), he said, "Terrorists."
I, along with everyone else watched tv in horror that day... crying about the loss of so many lives, hugging my very small daughter & thinking I was never getting on a plane again... especially without her. And to this day it's VERY rare that we travel without her.
My dad was on a plane that morning flying from St Louis to Newark, New Jersey. While in the air & half-way to their destination, the pilot rerouted the plane back to St Louis and he arrived safely home. All planes were grounded. Coincidentally, 11 years later to the day, he was on a plane again this morning flying to Newark. Thankfully, he's already landed safely.
It was a horrific moment in our nation's history that was even more impactful for me being a brand new mom, wondering what kind of world I was bringing my child into. Thank God for our men & women in uniform who do their jobs every day to keep us all safe.
I leave for New York on Thursday. And every single time I get on a plane, I pray for a safe flight.
GOD BLESS AMERICA...