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Today – Use Your Words

The day dawned orange, yellow, and pink. I packed up my bag for the day and got in my car around 5:40 in the morning as I did most days. My husband dropped our son at daycare at a more reasonable 8am and I would rush home to get him by 5:30pm. There was no reason to pay close attention to that day – it was a day like any other. I drove to work listening to music on the radio giggling at the banter. I think I did.

I checked the internet before I started in for the day. That’s when I heard it. I called my friend and told her to turn on the news. At this point, we didn’t realize what was happening. At least I didn’t. I thought it was all an accident. And then the next crash. And the next.

I distinctly remember rolling my chair around my cube, following the carpet pattern from corner to corner, listening to CNN through my computer until the net was overwhelmed. Someone turned their stereo up and we gathered at his cube. Meetings were held and we were instructed to stay in the building until further notice. Shortly after that we were told we could leave if we felt it was appropriate or finish out the day. I stayed. The interstates were clogged and it seemed a good idea to stay put. I got home, we made dinner, put our son to bed, and watched television all night long.

The days that followed were a blur. The skies were quiet. I recall the sunrises and set vividly. I rocked my son more than normal and stared out at the crimson sky. We watched news. It was like breathing. We had to watch. I remember praying for everyone. I remember thinking how normal my everyday life still seemed in the forever changed world.

I know my experience was so removed from those living out East. Working as a military contractor I wondered about the active duty men and women I’d interacted with. Were they out there? Were they safe?

The world changed that day. So many were lost. So many bounded together to help each other. This country may have been attacked as never before but the people united. As never before.

Today’s post is part of a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. I failed to use one word but I’m hoping this will be overlooked due to the subject of my post. My sincerest apologies and tomorrow I’ll have another post up with all the words included.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using: Pug ~ Orange ~ Crimson ~ Pack ~ Clean ~ Carpet ~ Stereo

They were submitted by: http://www.southernbellecharm.com

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                             Baking In A Tornado

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                          Spatulas on Parade

http://themomisodes.com                                          The Momisodes

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com                    The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/                 Stacy Sews and Schools

http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/                                 Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

http://www.southernbellecharm.com                        Southern Belle Charm

http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/blog.html      The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

http://dinoheromommy.com                                      Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.angrivatedmom.wordpress.com                 The Angrivated Mom

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch          Confessions of a part time working mom

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                            Someone Else’s Genius

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com                                Climaxed

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                              Never Ever Give Up Hope

http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/                 Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                       Searching for Sanity


  1. Beautiful retrospective of your memories of a day that haunts us all.

  2. It’s interesting reflecting and hearing everyone’s stories of where they were on the day that forever changed history.

  3. It is always interesting to reflect and see where others were when history was changed forever.

  4. We both wrote about that day today and you told your story so beautifully. It was a horrible day and I hope this country never has to go through it again. Great job!

  5. Goosebumps…
    Beautiful post.

  6. The world did change that day, and we’ve never been able to get back to the way we were before, even down here in Australia. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I have teared up at all the stories about that day, in the days following, and even now years later. This is a lovely tribute to that day, thank you for sharing your story.

  7. Amazing how one event can change the world and our individual lives forever. We will never forget. Every single human being has been affected by that hatred.

  8. Beautiful. Great use of the words.

  9. Wonderful tribute to the day that none of us will ever forget and you managed to work in the words. Good job

  10. I was six months pregnant with the child of a private in boot camp. I was terrified.

  11. excellent post, I was teaching in class unaware of what was going on. not until hubby called to tell me what was going on. That one event changed all our lives, we all know what we were doing in those exact moments.

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