Remembering the Day

1966-1973, Financial District, New York, New York, USA --- The World Trade Center south tower (L) burst into flames after being struck by hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 as the north tower burns following an earlier attack by a hijacked airliner in New York City September 11, 2001. The stunning aerial assaults on the huge commercial complex where more than 40,000 people worked on an ordinary day were part of a coordinated attack aimed at the nation's financial heart. They destroyed one of America's most dramatic symbols of power and financial strength and left New York reeling. FOURTH OF SEVEN PHOTOGRAPHS REUTERS/Sean Adair --- Image by © Sean Adair/Reuters/CORBIS

1966-1973, Financial District, New York, New York, USA — The World Trade Center south tower (L) burst into flames after being struck by hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 as the north tower burns following an earlier attack by a hijacked airliner in New York City September 11, 2001. The stunning aerial assaults on the huge commercial complex where more than 40,000 people worked on an ordinary day were part of a coordinated attack aimed at the nation’s financial heart. They destroyed one of America’s most dramatic symbols of power and financial strength and left New York reeling. FOURTH OF SEVEN PHOTOGRAPHS REUTERS/Sean Adair — Image by © Sean Adair/Reuters/CORBIS

Fourteen years ago today I remember it was my day off and I had to go to the pharmacy to pick up medication for my child. I waited in line to get up to the counter where I could let the young lady know what I came here for. In the back of the pharmacy area there was a TV hanging from the wall and the staff was glued to what was on it. I looked up and at first thought they were watching a movie as I saw one of the Twin Towers on fire. I asked the pharmacist what he was watching and he simply stated to me that a plane had flown into the Tower in New York. As I watched but couldn’t hear what was going on while I waited for my order I saw a second plane fly into the other Tower. That’s when the hair on my arms stood up and realized that America was under attack. Some entity took out the World Trade Center. I drove to the schools and picked up the kids and headed home. We sat there in amazement at what we were watching on our television. This was all happening less than 60 miles away from where I lived and I started getting into survival mode and started planning an escape route if it came down to it.

There are events in our lives that change the way we think about things forever. When I think about the aftermath of this situation I realize that the business world in America was changed forever since this attack. There is nothing about it that I can call stable. People moved from the Cities to find new homes in the suburbs and the country, while the price of real estate grew to record numbers. Banks started giving away money to anyone who could sign a piece of paper under new federal government regulations. Large corporations started moving more of their production to other countries and soon unemployment number started going up. People were out of work and couldn’t pay for those homes they purchased with high mortgage rates. Finally the bubble burst and the investment firms who purchased these mortgages in packages started losing capital as no one could afford to make mortgage payments and quickly went into default. Even today I notice that each time a new job is posted there are literally hundred to thousands of applicants applying for the job. Yes, we are still feeling the effects of September 11th, 2001.

Even with this memory I am doing well and feeling well. My body weight is up slightly but my problems with IBS are good and my blood sugar is now stable. I haven’t worked out in well over a week and I am seeing improvements. I know that I will get that spark back again after I know that everything else is working properly.

Blood Sugar- 90, Weight- 178.8

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At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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8 Responses to Remembering the Day

  1. BookWriteHer says:

    Oh goodness even now it feels shocking. Undiluted after these years. I noticed people watching TV at work later. I had been home when the first pictures came up on BBC. The presenter just suddenly stopped talking, a piece was replaying before they cut to the shot. At first I think it was reported as a fire. I went into a meeting and noticed people watching TV. So sad.

  2. BookWriteHer says:

    Sorry I cut off my mumbled words due to a little tear. Peace and love.

  3. I think most people will recall where they were the day this happened. One of the most shocking things in history.

  4. geekkat says:

    it was a moment that will be etched into our lives forever. Just like so many catastrophes before we all will remember where we were the day this happened.

  5. New Journey says:

    Thank you for the post….I have been thinking of that awful morning for about a week…I know that my personal beliefs in life were certainly altered that morning as well as the rest of the world…I have no words only a very sad heart today for all those who were personally touched by that day…my heart goes out to them…..

  6. I remember it well. We live in Thailand and at that time I walked across to a local at store, which in Thailand every store has a TV switched on. I noticed a aircraft going into the twin towers. Thinking it must be a new film out. On return my wife said look at the news. O MY God and then it set set in. This is one memory I wished I had not witness. Sad times for all.

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