Today is September 11th, 22 years ago tragedy struck our nation and the lives of so many were impacted in one way or another.
First and foremost, my condolences to anyone who lost a loved one due to the attacks. It’s said that a total of 2,996 people lost their lives during the attacks.
I like to ask people where they were on Sept. 11th 2001… the answers vary but each and every person remembers the moment they found out the unspeakable happened.
Personally, I was living in Clarksville, TN. We lived very close to Fort Campbell, KY, home of the 101st Airborne Division. My mom was stationed there before I was born, right there on the army base. We didn’t live on the base, my mom said “there are too many rules”, classic Robin. So we lived just a few miles away.
Growing up most of my classmates and friends had parents in the active or reserve military. It was not unusual for one of them to have to move away or come to school casually explaining that their parent had been deployed. Most of my childhood, my mom lived as a civilian as she had gotten out of the full time army to raise me. Right around the time my sister was born she joined the Army Reserves and then BOOM…. 9/11/01.
I was sitting in 6th grade music class, kids were slowly getting called to the office and we turned on the TV… there were no words. I felt horrible for my classmates who started crying knowing their mom or dad would be sent away.
Now when I tell you that it was scary… I know you understand. Throughout my life I didn’t know what it was like to have a parent deployed but when I was dismissed from school, sitting in my grandma’s house, watching that TV over and over… I knew that everything was going to change and it was scary. My mom took her army duties very seriously. She was born to protect and serve but most of all help people. Not too long after she was sent to Germany (thankfully safe but still my first time being separated from my mom) and I moved to Ohio. Over the years my mom would go to Iraq and Qatar. I got a little sidetracked there, I really miss her today.
The point is, I am sure you remember exactly where you were when the horrific news hit your tv, radio or you got a phone call.
As we remember those who lost their lives let’s also remember that we are all human, you have no idea what someone is going through and all the horrible events we have all experienced as a nation, we should come together and be kind for no other reason other than to have a better life.
As expected, I am long winded but what do you expect from someone born to talk for a living?
Like I always say, take care of yourself and as Bill and Ted would say “Be Excellent to Each Other”
Love, Carrie Danger