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How September 11th Changed My Life

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?

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  • lavender September 20, 2010, 2:37 PM

    I was in the Navy at work. My Chaplain came out of his office and mentioned what happened. He turned the television on and the rest of us followed – watching in shock. The events of Sept. 11th is not what moved me about your post, but the fact you talk about your ‘friend’ being the perfect one for you. Girl, I’m having a hormonal day with hubby (in my mind), but this post brought tears to my eyes. There are so many other MAJOR things going on in the world, that my petty stuff really doesn’t matter. I better love the one that God perfectly placed right under my nose and stop turning my nose up at him! LOL I gotta laugh at myself and how God gets my attention. May God bless you for blessing me!

    • Tonya September 20, 2010, 10:33 PM

      Glad this post was a blessing to you! 🙂

  • Amber September 14, 2010, 11:26 PM

    911 changed lives for us all. I’m so glad something good came of it for you.

    I remember that day, as we all do. It was my first day back to work after my first baby had been born. It was very hard to leave her anyway but getting to work and finding out what was happening made me feel so quilty for bringing another life into the crazy world we have.

    Now, 9 years old she is amazing along with her two brothers 5, and 2.
    We all talk about that day and how it changed things forever.
    Some can and will find good that has come of it, if they look.

    Great post.

    • Tonya September 20, 2010, 7:17 PM

      What a day to come back to work! Wow.

      In every situation, you can find evidence of God at work. Just think about all of the people who overslept that day or called in to work. Or how about the people that missed their flights. I remember hearing a lot about those stories. September 11th, as horrible as it was, brought our country closer together as a people.

  • Sales Associate September 12, 2010, 5:59 PM

    That was a very long day. I was sitting at my military work station when I heard Howard Stern of all people say that “An Airplane just crashed into the World Trade Center”. I looked up from my computer and said “Howard Stern is a nut”. Then my boss a Captain came and said someone just crashed an Airplane into the World Trade Center. It seemed like time just stopped. Everybody was in the Main lObby of the Squadron looking at the TV. We stayed there for hours. I remember young Airman crying and a few of us with clinched fist ready to fight. I’ll never forget that day……

  • Janet September 11, 2010, 11:37 PM

    Stopping by from SITS. That’s a great 9/11 story! I’m so happy that you and your husband found each other.

    I’ll never forget that day or the days that followed. I was teaching fourth grade that year, and 9/11 was a big topic for a long time.

    • Tonya September 20, 2010, 7:13 PM

      I bet that was a challenge trying to explain such a senseless act of terrorism. Thanks for stopping by!

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