The September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center is the “Kennedy assassination” moment of my generation. Let us take a moment and remember it together.
Where were you?
What did you do that day?
Looking back over the past 10 years, have the events of 9/11 changed your life?
I was driving to Sacramento early that Tuesday, the sun was just coming up behind my right shoulder. I had the car radio on and the morning personality was cracking jokes and being a general smart ass. But when he came back from a commercial break he said, “Well, two planes have just flown into — crashed into — the World Trade Towers in New York City. Back after this.”
I looked at the radio and said, “That wasn’t funny.”
National news claimed the airwaves and I listened to disheartening and disjointed reports all morning. When I finally got home later that afternoon I turned on the television and POW! Nothing, no number of news stories could have prepared me for what I saw.
I spent the rest of the day getting ready. I’m not sure for what, but I wanted to be prepared. I made sure all the vehicles’ gas tanks were full, arranged for a propane delivery and filled every spare container with water.
Ten years later I am still in Ready Mode. And I’m still not sure why.
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