The morning of September 11th was a beautiful day. The sun was shining brightly and the weather was perfect. When I walked out of my apartment that morning, I had no idea that my future would be altered by the events that took place on that day.
I had to go to work at my Graduate Assistant job and I had class scheduled for that night. While on my way to work, I stopped by an office store to buy a planner. As I walked around the store, I saw something on TV that caught my eye. Some plane had crashed into a building in New York. I thought it was just a random event.
I found a planner that I liked and went to the cashier to pay. We talked about how strange it was that the plane crashed into a building. I left the store and headed to my job. When I arrived, I realized that this wasn’t just a case of a misguided plane.
My co-workers already knew what was going on. They had been listening to the radio. Our country was under attack. There were four separate sites that were targeted by terrorists. The Twin Towers and the Pentagon were hit by passenger planes and another plane went down in Shanksville, PA.
I listened in horror, shock, and sadness as my co-workers filled me in. But soon, my mind wandered off to my dear friend that was in the military. He had recently moved to his first duty station after a year of training at another base.
I immediately called my friend to check on him. He told me that they were on lockdown. Plans for war were imminent and I knew it. I was so afraid for him! My friend and I were spending a lot of time together. I knew that he liked me, but I had fears about dating a man in the military. This incident gave validation to my fears.
The terrorist attacks was a topic of discussion later that night in my Health and Aging class. My fellow classmates were deeply disturbed. Some had family members in the area that they hadn’t heard from. I talked about how I feared for my military friend and how I would NEVER date or marry a military man because of this kind of thing.
I spent the next few weeks glued to the TV, praying for those trapped in the rubble and for those that lost family members. It was a real life horror story…I wanted to stop looking but I couldn’t. It was just too awful to ignore. The prospect of war made me afraid and nervous. We’re not even going to talk about fear of future attacks.
September 11th helped me to realize how much I cared about my friend. I had been repressing my feelings for him because he was in the military. I tried to keep the friend boundaries up, but Dear Friend was relentless. I’ve never seen anyone with a sales pitch so strong. I finally decided to let go and let God. Things started happening very quickly. In less than 2 years, Dear Friend graduated to Dear Boyfriend to Dear Fiance’ to Dear Hubby in 2003. Marrying him was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.
Awful events occurred on September 11th, but it helped me to realize that the perfect one for me was right under my nose. I quickly got over him being in the military. Besides, it’s an honor to serve our country and protect our freedom.
Life is short in the big scheme of things and whenever love comes knocking at your door, it’s a good idea to answer it and hear the sales pitch. You never know, you might want to buy stock in the company some day.
What’s your September 11th story?