This is one of those days that I will always remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. There are not many (if any) that I can really say that for. I will never for get the first time I heard what happened...I was driving to work and kept switching through the radio stations and kept wondering why no one was playing any music. I finally stopped to listen to what they were all talking about and remember thinking, OMG, what is happening? I will never forget the fear I had when they were trying to decide if my mom was considered "mission essential" and were trying to determine if she could indeed come home, or would have to stay at work. I didn't want my mom or dad anywhere near the base (they both work there). My dad got to leave right away, but my mom had to wait around for a while. Finally she was able to come home. I was glad to know where my family was and that they were all safe. My heart breaks every time I see pictures from the 9/11 attacks. I was looking through a slide show a little while ago, and still cannot believe the magnitude of what happened that day. I don't think I will ever be able to wrap my mind around it. I feel for every family that was and still is effected by the thoughtless acts that were committed that day. Working at the base now kind of makes what happened stay in your mind always. There are families all around me on a daily basis who are still dealing with the aftermath. Lawson's (Grayce's good friend) dad will go on his second deployment in November (or maybe it is October) and just talking to her mom and seeing what she and her kids go through when he is gone is just heartbreaking. I honestly don't know how families do it. I feel so much for the families who have loved ones deployed. I cannot even imagine what they must go through on a daily basis. I have only known one person (personally) who has been deployed and that was one of my mom's best friends. I remember being so thankful every time my mom got an email from her and just knowing she was alright. There are so many families out there right this very second who are waiting on an email or a phone call from a loved one just to know that they are alright...just to hear their voice. Thinking about families having to live day to day like that is horrible. I pray for each and every person who is and was effected by 9/11. In honor of today I will post some pictures of Grayce in red, white, and blue.
One thing I will say though, is that I was SHOCKED when I dropped Grayce off at school this morning (here on base) and she was the ONLY kid in red, white, and blue (I of course forgot my adapter for my camera so can't post her picture from today that I took). Out of respect and in honor of all of the lives lost she will ALWAYS wear her red, white, and blue on this day, and it makes me very proud that she is so proud to do so.
God Bless America!