Saturday, September 10, 2011
9/11 I was standing in line ...
10 years ago on the morning of September 11th I was standing in line in at the Post Office waiting to buy stamps.
The last guy entering the line started talking about hearing something on the radio about a plane crashing into the
We in line reacted more like Robert De Niro, “You talking to Me?” and refocused
our impatient glares on postal clerks. World
Patti’s Multiple Sclerosis progression both physically and cognitively even 10 years ago had driven a coffin nail in home care help and I had decided to try to juggle it all; full time homecare, basically single parenting and somehow work.
Frankly from a morning of getting Patti and Megan up and dropping Megan at middle school, I was overwhelmed and it wasn’t even . Living then in the
suburbs of Maryland my mind was in a
thousand places waiting in line that morning. Washington DC
Returning home to care for Patti who was watching morning TV, I asked her about it. She was aware of no plane crash. Even then with her MS memory loss milder I still could not be sure whether she simply had forgotten or it was not news, it did after all seem incredulous.
Turning my attention to the TV – the world changed before my eyes. A second plane hit the world Trade Center, 30 minutes later a third plane crashes into the Pentagon (less than 10 miles away as a plane flies), a forth plane crashes in Pennsylvania as passengers battle terrorists.
Get our daughter from school was my knee jerk reaction. Calling the Principal she explained all were safe and all classes were watching TV news together. Where better to process the unimaginable than with peers and teachers? If anything changed or Megan wanted to come home, she would call me. I couldn’t ask for more than that.
Somewhere in the timeline we nearly jumped out of our skins as our entire house shook from sonic booms as air force jets from nearby Andrews AFB roared into the skies over
. Washington DC
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