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What were you doing on 9/11/01?

Monday, September 11, 2006
The above is the finished product. It's another one of the mixed fringe bracelets. The photos show the coral more red than it is in reality.

The below is the beginning...I will finish up the necklace and earrings tomorrow. Why do I take pictures of the bead gathering? Well, it's the best part for me...I like the color. :-)

It’s five years after one of America’s saddest days. I remember what I was doing that day when I heard the news. I was in our home in Indianapolis at the time…getting ready to leave to open up our shop for the day. I got a call from a friend, telling me to turn on the TV. The first thing I saw was one of the Twin Towers exploding. I was stunned…then I heard the rest of the reports. I will always remember that feeling…that moment in time.

The days to follow were eerie. No planes in the skies…not a lot of cars on the street. People were very quite…people were seeking solace where they could find it. At the time many emotions hit me like a brick…I was stunned, then afraid, then I was pissed off.

Now as I sit here remembering that day, I’m still filled with sorrow for those that lost their lives and my heart goes out to their families. But I’m still pissed off. I don’t care what dirty little secrets that our government has…I don’t care if the al-Qaida's has it’s reasons. I have been reading about our government’s steps to up security. I also realize that we aren’t safe…we are safer but we aren’t safe. Does that make me afraid? Hell no, it pisses me off. I would rather die than to get on my knees and beg day after day. Big words…no, I’m a realist. I don’t have it in me to live with the constant uncertainty…I’m a spoiled American with a stubborn streak.

It’s been happening in Israel for a while now. All-in-all, I have to give the Israeli’s a high score on their patience. Just how many Americans would of put of with the number of suicide bombers that Israel has? I honestly doubt that most Americans could live in that climate of fear and uncertainly. I also believe that if that happened in the US, I think we’d crack under pressure and come out like snarling dogs. The end result wouldn’t be pleasant…because if we are losing, we’re takin’ the whole world with us. There wouldn’t be a Middle East. It would be a sheet of glass or they would be bombed back into the stone age by now.

I’m not saying that I think it’s right or wrong; that isn’t the point. (I am honest enough to say I’m also not overjoyed of how I think that most Americans would respond.) I’m just saying that patience isn’t one of America’s virtues. I’m also not saying that an American’s life is more important than any other person on the planet. Its just Americans are loud about what they want and how they want it done.

I also believe that the rest of the world thinks that we wouldn’t do it. Again, it doesn’t make me happy to say…that the rest of the world needs to get a reality check and come live with me in Texas. The sad reality is, yes…America would do it even if it meant the destruction of the entire planet, as we know it.

Is that really what the terrorists want…the total and absolute destruction of the planet?

Even if there isn’t a total global destruction…the world economy is based on the US economy. So what that loosely translates to…a US economy crash will result in millions that will die of starvation and disease because Americans won’t be able to pick up the tab.

I’m just one opinionated person with a theory. So far, I can’t come up with a win-win situation regarding the global terrorism. Why, because every win-win situation depends on compromise and honest respect. I’m just one person with an opinion and I’m hoping that my opinion is totally off base.

I am still proud to be an American and wouldn't want to live in any other country; no matter what the world thinks of our faults.


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Chris said...

Five years ago I was dropping my kid off at school when I heard the news. I raced home to tell my husband to turn on the tv. I was pregnant with our 3rd child and wondered what kind of world he would be born into. There have been some changes to our lives, to be sure, but its still the only place I'd want to raise my kids.


Georgea said...

5 years ago, I lived in New York. I was at work. Ted called me and told me that one of the towers had been hit by an airplane. I told my co-workers, then the calls to our office came in by a girl who was delivering supplies to Manhattan. As we spoke she told me another plan hit the second tower. My boss, the owner of the company, had just buried his 20 yr old son on the 9th of September. The atmosphere in that office had been somber because of that, but this attack only added to our tears.

When you live in New York it is not uncommon to hear airplanes constantly. After the attacks there were no sounds of airplanes or helicopters. That was the eeriest of things.

The next day the girl who was on deliveries to Manhattan, was very quiet, something she never was. I finally asked her why. She told me that her boyfriends brother was missing and feared dead. He was a firefighter. Later in the week they found that he wasn't dead. He'd laid his jacket over a body and it was feared it was him. He'd ended up in the hospital with a broken arm and leg.

People I knew, lost family, friends. It was awful. I have a friend who lives in New Jersey, he told me that his neighborhood had been hit very hard, that many of the children in his neighborhood were now orphans. My friend lost a cousin, her boyfriend almost lost his sister. She'd worked in building 5 in that complex.

Today has been very difficult on me as is every 9-11 and that's because 6 months before the attack Ted, myself and his sons were at the base of those towers. But for the grace of God, we weren't there in September. I will never forget and I hope that we never will.

Moon Stumpp said...

My heart goes out for all those that have lost friends and family...terrorist attacks are senseless acts of violence.