Saturday, September 10, 2011

Where Were You?


heartfelt song asks....

"Where were you when the world stopped turning
on that September Day?"


Flashback September 11 2001...
Wichita Kansas was just a typical morning for me.
I had gotten up and showered and was 
waiting for Keith
to come home from working night shift.

 I never listen to the radio or watched TV
in the mornings.

I saw him drive up so I went out to greet him
 but instead of the usual 
"Good Morning!" 
he said....with a strange look on his face
"have you heard? A plane hit  one of the
Twin Towers and then another one hit the
second tower!"

We ran to turn on the TV. 

We just stared at the screen
and tried to understand what we were seeing.

We were still sitting there staring 
at the screen when the first tower fell.
We weren't sure exactly 
what we were seeing.
It all seemed so surreal. 

Peter Jennings 
was talking and the screen was split 
with him on one side and the burning
towers on the other.

He didn't realize that as we were watching
him we could also see the tower falling
and for a few seconds he was oblivious to the scene
unfolding beside him. 

I kept the TV on all day. 
We ate our meals in front of the TV.
I cried.
Keith was speechless.


Less than two weeks later we had to
drive up to Canada.

We drove through Kansas
Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota,
and North Dakota.

All along our route
we saw American flags.

Flags everywhere!


When we crossed the border into
it was the same.

 American flags
 flying beside 
Canadian flags.

We went into a store in Manitoba 
Canada to 
grab something to eat and we
were about to pay...
there on the counter was a 
donation can for the 
American Red Cross.

These cans were in every store we 
entered  across the border and the further north 
we went...
more American flags 
continued to fly.

Not just along the highway
and in the stores
but they flew
outside private homes.

For those who had no flag pole
they hung them on their fences
or where ever else they could be seen.

In their own quiet way
these Canadians showed support
for their neighbors to the south.
It made me very proud of my homeland.


It's hard to believe that ten years
have passed.

My thoughts and prayers go
out to all those who lost loved
ones on that terrible day.




AshTreeCottage said...

Such a sad day, and yes it's hard to believe that ten years have passed.

Susan and Bentley

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

My thoughts are always with the victim's families and how difficlt it must be for them every year during these memorials. I know they will never find peace, but all American citizens will forever hold them in their hearts.

Country Gal said...

I was at work at the time and heard it in the evening when I got home ! It was surreal ! I felt sad for days. I am Canadian and am proud of our country for hanging the American flag in respect and support of those who lost loved ones on that terrible September day !

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Maura,

I still cry. Tomorrow is going to be a difficult day. Yet, we are a strong nation and we do heal and move forward. God's Blessings to all our Military.

God Bless America.


Michaele said...

It really is hard to believe it has been that long. I think we all have a very clear memory of that day. The hardest part was the confusion about why. I don't think we ever imagined anything like that could ever, ever happen.

Pondside said...

What a beautiful tribute to the terrible anniversary, Maura. Such change has come about since the horrible events of that day. I'm reminded of it every time I cross the border, under ever-stricter controls. Yesterday more security measures were signed by Pres Obama and Prime Minister Harper, further controlling the border. It makes me so sad to see the isolation that is drawing around the USA when we up here feel united with our southern neighbours in mourning - I truly believe that when you cry, we cry - when you celebrate, we celebrate. On this terrible anniversary my prayer is for peace and solace for the families left behind and for peace among nations.

camp and cottage living said...

Good Morning Maura
My husband and I had only lived in Canada for two months when this happened. All of our customers knew I was an American and the outpouring of love and support I felt from my Canadian neighbors was amazing!

GardenofDaisies said...

It was awful. I just stood there, frozen in front of my tv, crying.
And we certainly appreciated the support from our northern neighbor.

John Gray said...

stting in our front room in sheffield waiting for a skip to arrive.. then forgetting to fill it as we sat all day watching the tv

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I commented on this earlier, but it seems some of my comments are not posting. Is it something I said?

This is a lovely and sincere post.

Hope this comment goes through.

B'ham said...

La Petite Gallery said...

I had the news on and had just changed the
station. My phone rang from Boston. Friend screamed turn on the news, the first tower was on fire, My Husband and I watched as the second tower was hit, we looked at each other , this is no accident, All day my phone rand and we were glued to the TV. I will never forget we were attacked with no Army
the world changed. yvonne

La Petite Gallery said...

My chest hurts thinking about it. yvonne

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

Maura this was just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing

I am so deeply moved


My Little Home and Garden said...

There are long, strong ties between our countries, Maura. The Canadian media is remembering the terrible loss of lives suffered by our southern neighbour.

NanaNor's said...

Hi Maura, I meant to get back to you soon about your name but one of my granddaughters is named Mackenzie Maura-all her sisters have Irish names as well. I have cousins and second cousins that also have the same first name as you do.
I loved this post-so many are posting tributes to the tragedy that occured ten years ago.
Have a restful Sunday. Hugs, Noreen

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

This is a moving and beautiful post, Maura. I will never forget that September day. It's hard to believe it's been 10 years. God bless all those who lost loved ones, God bless our military, and God bless the USA!

Jeanette said...

Just came across your post today...... reading your 9-11 post with tears again today. Thank you it was nice to hear about the support in Canada.

Anonymous said...

We were living in Maryland about 40 minutes from the Pentagon and TOTALLY freaked out. I don't like living those feelings at all and rarely watch anything to do with 9-11.

Rural Revival said...

A heartfelt post Maura and as a fellow Canadian I can say that we felt like it had happened as much to us as our 'family' south of the border. We will never forget.


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