Remembering 9/11

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I had been married for one month on 9/11. 

Here is what I remember:

  • I was on my way to work when everything began to unravel. I spent the entire day in front of the office tv.
  • I called my husband, who was teaching a class at the University of New Hampshire to ask if he had heard what was going on.
  • He thought I was joking.
  • Fear
  • My nieces birthday who was born 3 years later on 9/11
  • Driving through Shanksville on the way to my parents house each time we went to visit.
  • Experiencing the anniversary of 9/11 after we moved to the Washington, D.C. area was intense. There are so many raw emotions.
  • Driving past the Pentagon whenever we went into the city and seeing the memorial, visible from the highway.
  • Going to New York City and walking near the construction site for the 9/11 memorial.
  • Anger
  • Capitol Hill hearings from the first responders who were literally dying while addressing House Members.
  • Resilience
  • That I will always remember because it is too important to forget.

 

What do you remember?

 

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Tracy
Tracy owns Safe Spaces, a consulting and training firm that focuses on building resilient families, communities and organizations (www.sfspcs.com). She is also an Authorized Facilitator and Certified Instructor with Darkness to Light, www.d2l.org, a child sexual abuse prevention organization. Tracy grew up in northeast Ohio, and has lived in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Northern Virginia and has worked in the arts, in education and most recently as a Public Educator for a child abuse prevention non-profit. Her husband's job brought them to the Bay Area and there's no looking back! Tracy is mom to a 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. Self-care includes getting to know her new community, having lunch with friends, pedicures, reading, cooking, crafting, and just being with her family.

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