I tend to not get too political or current events gal here on Cooking In Stilettos but today I just wanted to take a moment to remember those who lost their lives on the attack at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Everyone has a “Where were you when the first plane hit” story and, while I don’t often think about it, the media has been inundated with images from that horrible day – some of which I try to not think about but they keep getting replayed over and over in my mind (I think you know the ones I’m talking about).
My 9/11 story is pretty much like many. I remember being in New Hampshire, having just gotten back from passing the WTC a few days earlier when a client was touring in CT and NJ. (Sidenote: When we were driving over the GW Bridge to New Jersey a few days earlier, I remember pointing out the towers to the younger members of the band. On 9/11, when I called their house in California, I will never forget Tali’s cries of disbelief “We were JUST THERE!” ) Earlier that morning, I was running late, getting ready to head out to the 9to9 when the first plane hit the tower, then the second shortly thereafter. My 9to9 was working in cable so the TVs in our office were playing the scenes over and over again. Meowmix, Tra and I sat there in a shocked and somber silence, trying to work but that day was a blur after that. That evening, I remember curling up on my couch watching the President give a press conference and, for this non-political gal, I didn’t dare try to change that dial as I watched with tears streaming down my face. Even thinking about that now, I can remember everything about the living room, how GW looked on screen and the feeling of sorrow that I felt and still feel every time I see a 9/11 photo. In December, I had to head to NYC to see an old friend in an off-broadway show and, as we passed near the WTC area, I distinctly remember the smell of the fuel that was still lingering in the air. I will never forget that smell!
I wouldn’t feel right if I just rambled here as if nothing had happened and ignore the significance of today. Recipes can wait. Deal alerts can wait. However, remembering those affected by 9/11 cannot.
So, with that, let’s take a moment and remember those who were lost on 9/11 and their family and friends who are dealing with the loss daily. Let’s also take a moment and remember the first responders – some who are still with us and some who lost their lives helping others. Finally, let’s take a moment and remember those soldiers who were deployed as a result of 9/11 and, subsequently, were injured or lost their lives.
9/11 – we will never forget.
[Photo Credit: Flickr]
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