Thursday, September 11, 2008
September 11th Memories
I got this idea from someone else, but I thought it was a good one. Because of the date, I was reflecting on my own September 11th experience, and I thought I would share. (As a preface, I will say that our bad luck really does come in threes, but fortunately for us, it is not nearly as tragic as some peoples'. The week before we left on vacation a Semi-Truck hit Dave and totalled our car.) We were in a hotel in Anaheim getting ready for a fun filled day at Disneyland. I went to the little cafe in the hotel to get Rilie (almost one at the time) some yogurt. The people in the elevator told me I needed to get back to my room and turn on the news right away. I thought that was odd coming from strangers, but I did what they said. How awful! When I clicked on the television they were playing and re-playing the plane hitting the first tower and speculating what had happened. I got Dave out of the shower, and we watched, horrified. When we couldn't take any more, we decided to go to Disneyland (the happiest place on earth.) We didn't get very far when we realized something was wrong. The gates were locked. The park was closed. We later learned that L.A. and surrounding areas were also targets. We drove every where looking for something to take our minds off of reality. The malls were closed. The beaches had chains across their parking lots. I think we finally settled on dinner from McDonald's and went back to the hotel. We were stuck in Anaheim for a few more days. I don't know if I would have been brave enough to fly even if their had been a flight available. We took the only rental car available and to our great relief we were able to come home. I think that is the only time we weren't wishing to be on vacation longer. (Bad thing #3 - In October Dave was laid-off. He was working at the Marriott Hotel Reservation center in the service support department. Business decreased so much that they were letting people go left and right.) I am so greatful for all of the people that fight in so many ways to preserve our freedoms! God Bless America!