Sept. 11, 2001

What a horrible day. Received a call from Reid telling me about the Twin Towers in Manhattan… that two planes had flown into them. At first, I thought it was a horrible accident. Then I realized that 2 planes couldn’t be an accident. So of course, I turned on the TV, and couldn’t tear myself away. This happened to me with the Gulf War. I was home on maternity leave, and couldn’t stop watching. Watching events unfold, live, is so incredibly emotional.

Things went from bad to worse. The Pentagon on fire, confusing reports from other places. Then one of the towers collapsed. But when I watched the second tower collapse, it was too much. I know I yelled out and started crying…. it was just too emotional. I knew that if I turned off the TV, and heard about the events later, I wouldn’t be so emotional. But I couldn’t tear myself away… and anyway, people are dying, I should be emotional.

I let the kids watch CNN and Newsworld during their lunch. I especially wanted Michael to understand what was going on. He had lots of questions… why would people do that??? I tried to explain that it might be for religious reasons, and he was simply astounded. Ronnie seemed interested, but went off to play computer games instead (ah… the wonderful world of 6 year olds).

Funny, how much we Canadians make fun of our American neighbours, but when it comes to something like this, I know that most every Canadian feels nothing but horror. They’re so close to us – it’s as though we were hurt as well. Now I’m as bleeding heart liberal as they come – but even I want revenge, if it was terrorists. But you just never know. It might not even be terrorist attacks… there’s always Oklahoma to think of.

In my hurry to make the kids’ lunch, I managed to slice off a huge chunk of my thumb while slicing cucumbers. I’ve never had such a large cut, and just bandaged it up, hoping it would stop bleeding. But by this evening, it was still bleeding furiously whenever I checked on it, so I went to a clinic where I received a few stitches.

Finally, wonderful news at the end of the day, which I’ll try to hang on to for the rest of the day and tomorrow. Friends of ours, Jeff and Gail, had a baby girl today. Healthy, and everyone’s doing fine. I’m so glad for them. And I’m glad it’s not me!! I enjoy my sleep now that my boys are older. 😀

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