There are a handful of events in life that are stored up in our minds in striking detail. For me, there was the assassination of John F. Kennedy (I was in Mr. Stafford’s 4th period history class when a voice came on the loudspeaker announcing the president had been shot).
As a high school junior with what I thought were more important issues on my mind, like who I would flirt with after class, I couldn’t imagine how that would have any impact on my life.
The second most vivid disaster memory is of September 11, 2001. Of all days I wasn’t watching the news as I normally did until Good Morning American went off the air. On that day, the cool fall weather had me out in the garden doing some clean up chores.
Around 8:45 I jumped in the car to make a 9 a.m. appointment with my CPA when I heard on the radio that a small plane had hit one of the Trade Center Towers in New York City.
How bazaar, I thought. It was a clear day in New York too, and some pilot had strayed off course and hit a sky scraper?
Unbelievable! By the time I got to T. E. Lott & Company, the second plane had hit and the entire office paused for a prayer. It was just dawning on us what was happening.
In utter horror, we watched the attack on the Pentagon from on Jeff Reed’s little office TV. I forgot why I was at the accountant’s office and went home in a daze to call my children. They were living in New Orleans, and I feared attacks on other cities. The next two weeks had me glued to the television set as the horrific event unfolded.
So, do you remember what you were doing when you first heard about the attacks? I bet you can also remember the details of what you were doing on the day of JFK’s assassination. I’d like to hear it.