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Mom's memoirs of 9/11

September 11th 2012 10:43 am
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It’s been 11 years and I can still remember being glued to the tv, watching the twin towers of the WTC smoking out from the fire caused when the jets slammed into them. Then the cut in to the Pentagon and the field in PA. I remember the mass confusion with the media until all planes were grounded.

I was still just fresh out of high school trying to find myself. I knew retail wasn’t my thing, so that afternoon when I got a call for an interview to do data entry I jumped on it and left my first job for the new one that lasted only 2 days. I dwindled around more jobs that weren’t me – such as fast food and still got stuck with that & retail despite my awesome computer skills I already had. I knew I wasn’t military material.

I’ve traveled some since that fateful day 11 years ago. Nothing has changed if you are driving (except for the higher price of gas). Flying is a whole other story – shoes off, no full sized liquids, subject to additional screening, etc. I always pack carry-on when I fly since I can get on with it easier and get off the plane, meet with my pick-up and get out of there. Every time the plane flies low in preparation to land when I’m on board I think of the 9/11 victims. I hadn’t flown before 2010 but I clearly remember greeting arriving guests at the gate in the airport, it was so easy when they allowed anyone through the screening process. To pass the time we rode the in-airport transit train in Atlanta before going to the right spot. We also went to the Chattanooga airport a time or 2. I prefer to fly direct between MN and Atlanta, no stops. It’s not as long as driving 20 hours but it’s still a long 10 – 12 day of travel with being on the road with a flight in the middle.

On this day in 2004 I attended a Kenny Chesney concert in Nashville, TN and attended the fan club pre-party across the street. I remember he had a flag in his hand on the stage at one point.

And 5 years ago today I officially became a Frozen Peach. It was still 90 degrees in GA when we left so I thought nothing of wearing a T-shirt, capri pants & sandals. When we got to 60 something degree IL I was feeling cold already, and then I experienced my first real winter here in MN.




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