Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Where were you?
Where were you on this day 6 years ago? I was in Newark, NJ, right across the river from NYC. I was supposed to eat supper at Windows of the World in the WTC on the night of 9/11. I flew into Newark late on the night of 9/10 and was looking out of the plane as we flew near the WTC. My boss and I said to each other...there's where we'll be tomorrow night. Upon hearing the news the morning of 9/11 in a room full of hospital administrators from all over the state of NJ who were told to get back to their hospital's immediately...there was a major national emergency occurring, my boss and I knew we had to get the heck out of there and back to TN. We got the very last rental car (by telling the people we would bring the car back). We saw the smoke of the towers burning. We drove straight through a toll booth at about 70 mph. It was about an hour or so after we were on the road that my brain even stopped the mission of get me the heck out of here (and about that long to even get cell service) to slow down enough to call Jeff and my mom. I remember the relief in both of their voices. We drove from NYC to Baltimore, MD to pick up some colleagues. Neither one of us had ever, ever driven in that part of the country and had a small road map and the address of the hotel where we were supposed to pick them up. We drove straight to it with no wrong turns. We drove through some of God's beautiful country that day in a small car, with 4 people in the car that you would've never thought would be together. But I felt safe, blessed, and led. And I was scared. I didn't really see pictures of anything until that night in a small hotel room somewhere in Virginia. I was alone in the room, and I just remember seeing those pictures over and over...and how sad/mad/confused it made me. Time goes by so quickly, but it still makes me so sad/mad/confused.