Saturday, September 11, 2010

Memories

Memories are funny little things and what invokes those memories are just as funny, not funny haha but funny in a strange kind of way.   While driving to work yesterday morning the sky was a crisp bright blue and in an instant I was taken back to September 15, 2001.  I know that date doesn't sound quit as much a memorable date at September 11, 2001 but let me explain....

For so many people 9/11/2001 invokes memories of what happened to our nation, the visual of the Twin Towers falling, the smoke bellowing from the Pentagon, and a large crator in the ground in Pennsylvania.  For so many of us that live in the Washington DC Metro area that day also brought  silence, a silence that surrounded us for days and weeks after that tragic day.  I can remember everything about 9/11/2001 and I'm sure those memories will always be there, mostly due to the fact that we sat for hours after hours watching the horror come to life on our TV's.  But September 15th, will also be forever embedded in who I am.  While driving with Andrew in Fairfax Virginia, stopped at a very busy intersection, lots and lots of traffic, the sky was so blue, zero clouds, and the silence was beyond anything I'd ever experienced.  Normally the noise of traffic, horns, loud radios, people talking, all of this you can hear while sitting on any normal day at any busy intersection in any city in this country, but not so this day.  You see there were also no airplanes in the sky, and when you live around three very busy airports you get so use to seeing and hearing planes in the air but on the 15th the airports were still shut down, nothing moving up their except the military aircraft that were up there trying to keep our skies safe.  I also think that day we were all still reeling from whatever raw emotion we as individuals were feeling. 

With so many blog post out there begging us not to forget what happen on 9/11/2001, and I'm sure there is not anyone out there that could, I've decided  to hold those memories close, to not dwell on the tragic but to remember the coming together of a nation.  Americans are resilient and what doesn't kill us makes us stronger...

So, how will you spend 9/11/2010?  I will spend it doing what I normally do on Saturdays, I will work and at the end of the day I will raise a glass and toast those lost, those left behind and all of those memories....

Kelly Ann

2 comments:

  1. Kelly Ann, this was an awesome post. Thanks for sharing. Living in Alexandria at the time 9/11 took place, I know exactly how you feel. I know that feeling of the quiet skies because we didn't live far from Regan National Airport. The silence was deafening.
    Thanks for sharing. I think I need to go write my own version.
    ((((HUGS))))
    Martha

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  2. I was working at Dulles at the time...it was a very stressful and confusing time for us airport employees. I left after 9/11...it was no longer a fun job. I too will join you in the raising of a glass to honor those affected.

    God Bless America!

    Janet xox

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