Remembering 911: My day in NY

New York, Remembering 911It’s so hard to believe it was 9 years ago today. I was in New Rochelle, NY visiting my dad. A friend of his, Ben, needed to be picked up from Bayside, Queens (where I grew up) so I got in the car to head that way. At that time, the first tower had been hit and no one was quite sure what had happened.

I remember driving over the Throgs Neck Bridge and you could you see the smoke from the 1st tower. I picked up Ben and headed back across the bridge to return to New Rochelle. Now, as we drove back to Westchester, the 2nd tower was up in smoke. What was happening? By the time we got to my dad’s office in New Rochelle the news reports were non-stop. Word of bridges being closed resulted in an immediate return trip to Queens to get Ben back home safely to his wife.

Needless to say, no sooner did I get to Bayside when they closed the Throgs Neck Bridge. Off to my brother’s house in Long Island I went. It was a surreal kind of day. My youngest nephew came home from school thinking it was great they were getting out early. He was unaware of the magnitude of what had occurred until my oldest nephew came home. He had friends – who are twins (nicknamed the “Twin Towers”) – and they’re dad was missing.

Phones rang constantly. Cell phone lines were overloaded and the world changed from that day forward. I wasn’t living in NY. I lived in Colorado, but was SO grateful that I happened to be in NY (I was there for a reunion with several high school friends who had reconnected via Classmates.com). It was a blessing that I could be near my family and friends – not just know they were safe, but see them with my own eyes. The classmates reunion didn’t happen as planned. Some friends just couldn’t get to NY once the airports shut down. Some friends were on their planes when they got sent back to the gate. Our hearts were heavy.

It was a day that changed the way we think (and travel).
It was a day that changed the way New Yorkers treat one another.
It was a day that united many while leaving others behind.
It was a day that left an aching hole in so many hearts.

Today, I remember that day, my family and friends. I am grateful they were safe & sound and I was there with them.
And, I remember those who mourn the loss of their loved ones and send my heartfelt thoughts.

Debra Jason

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A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.

Comments

  1. Lou Ann Donovan says:

    Debra,
    Thank you for sharing your story on where you were on September 11, 2001. I can’t imagine what you were going through in New York that day. I agree with you that it was comforting to be physically close to your family as this horror unfolded. No one will ever forget where they were that day.
    Lou Ann

  2. Hi Lou Ann,
    You’re welcome. You’re right. I think everyone remembers where they were that day when they heard the news. It touched the hearts of everyone.

    What was supposed to be an exciting weekend reuniting with childhood friends turned into a frenzy of emotions. And “yes,” I was blessed to be there in NY with my family.

    Here’s to joyful, peaceful days ahead.
    Best,
    Debra

  3. Good to read of your experience that day Debra, thank you for sharing this post with us.

    My love of family still comes to mind for me today as I reflect back upon my own memories from that day. It changed the course of my life for the better.

    I pray for it to be the same for each of us.

    All our love to you and yours Debra from your friends in Norway!

  4. Tim,
    It changed the course of many peoples’ lives, don’t you think? It didn’t matter where one lived, somehow it touched everyone.
    Best to you & yours in Norway. Nice to “meet” you virtually.
    Debra

  5. Thanks for sharing your story Debra. That tragedy only seems like yesterday. I don’t know where the 13 years has gone. The tragedy struck so many lives right across the world even here in Australia. It is still a raw wound in most people’s hearts. I am glad your friends and family were safe but I feel so sad for the ones injured or killed and the resulting ripple effect.
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