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Not sure what to say…not even sure what to think September 11, 2007

Filed under: Family — katy @ 12:46 pm

Or what to tell Cam about why the school asked everyone to wear red, white and blue today.  To me, September 11th seems so long ago.  We were living in Massachusetts…Kevin was working in NY all of the time…I just diagnosed Owen–at least in my head–with PDD and got him started in Early Intervention.  But I can still so clearly remember my mom and I on the phone–chatting and watching the Today Show–as they went to the crash.  I was a baby when the Twin Towers were built and everyone–my mom included–thought they were too tall and would get hit by airplanes.  We discussed this that day but 17 minutes later…I was on the phone with Kevin telling him to get the hell out of his office.  Do you remember the silence afterwards?  We lived just outside of Boston and not hearing the airplanes was so eery. 

I think of Cameron now–in 4th grade–only 3 that day.  Gracie, however, was in 2nd grade and knew Kevin was in NY–along with a classmates father who worked for the same company.  Gracie was pulled out and assured that her dad was alright.  But really, I didn’t know.  We lost contact for over 12 hours and as annoying as his Blackberry is…I am so grateful he was able to email his friend who was able to get in touch with me and let me know he was alive.  Gracie wrote a beautiful essay after that on her hero–Kevin.  He helped a coworker look for his wife–risking his own safety to help a friend.  They are divorced now…but he is remarried and expecting a baby. 

September 11.  Kevin will get together with his coworkers today for lunch and remember the friends and coworkers they lost.  He is coming home early to spend a quiet night with us–appreciating what we have and remembering.  We will especially remember Jim–his friend and coworker who was in the Trade Center that day.  Our hearts and thoughts are with his wife and his family.


9 Responses to “Not sure what to say…not even sure what to think”

  1. margene Says:

    I didn’t realize you were so closely affected. It does seem forever ago, but to those who lost loved ones it must be a very difficult day.

  2. Carole Says:

    I was going to say exactly what Margene already said. I’m sorry you have such personal memories of this day.

  3. Chris Says:

    All you can tell him is what’s in your heart and what you think he will understand.

  4. eusebius Says:

    Beautiful post. Good thoughts to you all.

  5. In Utah the elementary schools decided not to commemorate the day as most of the children don’t remember the event. Some say that’s exactly what school is for–to teach history–but I don’t know. It doesn’t seem that we can escape the reality of that terrible day; it permeates everything, so I don’t necessarily believe a “red, white and blue” day is more than an empty gesture.

    I could be wrong. I don’t know.

  6. Orli Grobler Says:

    awww, that is so touching.
    WOW…you are I think the only person I know who knows someone that got killed there or husband worked there…my cousins husband stopped working in that area years before b/c he wanted to be closer to home, he has his own company so he could do that.

    Why not tell Cam, that they are the colors of the flag and today it’s important to show support and stand united.

    I’ve seen quite a few documentries since, it hard to take it all in.

  7. Kim Says:

    It’s a day that we’ll never forget. I went to high school with someone who was killed in the crash at the Pentagon. We were on the school newspaper staff together, and I still have photos of him at staff parties: goofy, young, and so full of life.

    Bless your heart. My thoughts are with you.

  8. Lorette Says:

    I’d forgotten that you were so close to this. It wasn’t any easier to watch those videos this year than before.

  9. Angi Says:

    On anniversaries of difficult times, we like to lay low together as a family too. I’m glad for you that you have everyone alive, and well, and together.

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