My 9/11 Story  

rm_sexxikritter 53F
888 posts
9/11/2006 11:16 am

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9/16/2006 7:16 pm

My 9/11 Story

Like so many other tragedies that have taken place in our lives, everyone has a memory of what they were doing or where they were when they first heard the news. This is my story. Please feel free to share yours.

I was at work when the vendor receiver came into my backroom and asked me to turn on my radio. One of our vendors had just told her that something was happening in New York. We tuned in and heard Peter Jennings stating that a plane had just hit a tower of the World Trade Center. Like most folks, we assumed pilot error and thought how tragic but went about our duties. I kept the radio on as I worked and heard him confirm that a second plane had hit and there was talk of this being planned.
I suddenly felt confined in my work space and needed to be around people, so I went out into the store, up to the registers. What was happening was on everyone's lips. The rumors were already flying. The hatred for the unknown assassins had been rooted.
I went to break and was headed to my car for a cigarette. I looked up across the street and noticed all these cars at the corner gas station, lines and lines in the lot and waiting to turn in. Then I saw the gas price. In the matter of a few hours, panic had begun and the station owners decided to make the quick buck off everyone's fears.
I was just coming back into the store when the owner paged for all managers to come to the office. He told everyone the latest news that he was aware of and told us that he expected that over the next few hours and perhaps into the night, we would experience an onslaught of shoppers. People would be panicking and wanting to horde non-perishables, batteries, water, etc. He asked all of us to stay past our scheduled times, if need be. I agreed, even though I really wanted to just get home to my son.
We did have a huge rush and sold out of every flashlight, battery, candle, water product, etc. in the matter of hours. I ended up working about three hours extra and finally made it home. I was scheduled off the next two days and the boss had asked if he could call me in if needed. Thankfully, I wasn't called in but maybe it would have been better because I camped out in front of my TV for over the next 48 hours, watching each and every second of coverage as the tragedy unfolded.
My son was too young to understand what was happening. I tried to confine my crying to when he was gone to pre-school or asleep, but sometimes the stories people were telling just made me weep and I had to unleash the tears.
I am a firm believer that there are lessons in every situation. In this case, I took the lesson that tomorrow, or even this afternoon, is not guaranteed. You need to say to people what you are thinking. Don't assume someone knows how you feel about them. Tell your loved ones and friends that you love them, that they are appreciated and that you care. Tell them that they are valued in your life. I always want the last thing my son hears from me before we part each day is that I love him.

Even though I've never met any of you, so many have touched my life. You have made me laugh, cry, brightened my day, pissed me off and made me think. There isn't one of you that I would turn away from if you needed something and it was within my ability to help you. I cherish each kind of relationship I have with all of you, whether it is only reading other's blogs or if we comment also or if we talk daily in IM or on the phone, or exchange e-mails. You all are of value in my life. Thank you.


cougarprey4play 42M

9/11/2006 6:24 pm


hereIam51757 57F
8001 posts
9/11/2006 11:12 pm

Thanks, Debbie.

((((( hugs )))))
from Baltimore,

economickrisis 56M

9/12/2006 3:45 am

Beautifully written, many thanks

digdug41 50M

9/12/2006 7:34 am

your way cool with me and I am honored that you grace my blog with your presence thanks for sharing your story with us here

roaming the cyber streets of blogland

howaboutahuck 67M
489 posts
9/12/2006 9:46 am

Hi, Kritter
I remember that day like it was yesterday. I consider myself very lucky to have found a friend as caring as you. May our friendship last for the remainder of our days.


cbron2 75M

9/12/2006 1:26 pm

You,too, Debbie have become an important part of my life..I may not rspond to all your blogs but I do read them and enjoy them..and I'm jealous of you guy..He's one lucky man..I'm glad he helped you and took care of you when you had the problem with your leg..PLease take care and thanksfor sharing your story..

warmandsexy52 65M
13164 posts
9/16/2006 5:40 pm

9/11 broke news during the working day. But the 7/7 London bombing news broke while I was watching some actors performing a play about hate crime. Ironic or what?

warm xx

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