Tag: Remembrance

Remembering September 11th, 2001

Remembering September 11th, 2001

10 years ago today, the phone woke me up from a deep sleep.  My wife had gotten up early and gone over to the YMCA to work out.  I had been up late the night before packing for a trip to Los Angeles, and had planned to try and sleep in a bit that morning.  I was very groggy as I rolled over and picked up the phone from the bedside table.


Are you awake?” my wife’s voice asked me from the receiver.

No, not really,” I replied.

You should get up, there has been some sort of plane crash in New York.  Turn on the news.


I rolled out of bed and in to the living room, grabbing the remote from the end table.  I clicked on the TV and sat down to see what was happening.  I didn’t get back up off the couch for the next 15 hours.  Like so many other people in the country, I went to bed on September 10th, 2001 with absolutely no idea the next day would change my life and set the country on a new path.  It was the proverbial calm before the storm and looking back now, I can only describe 9/10/01 with one word – before.


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