Remembering 9/11

9/11/2001 was my second day at my new job at Hallmark Cards, Inc.  As I was in the middle of a cross country corporate move most of my belongings were stacked in boxes to the ceiling.  My television or stereo had not been set up.  On my way into work I went to return my rental car as my car had just arrived early that morning.  The radio in the car was announcing that an airplane had struck the first tower – I thought to myself, how could that happen? When I went into the car rental place I found out that a second plane had hit tower two.  I knew something was not right but I did not for see the impact those two planes would eventually cause.

When I arrived at the office I stood next to people I did not know with my eyes transfixed to the Hallmark televisions in the hallway. I did not know how to even comprehend what I was seeing before my eyes!  I do know that all I wanted to do was get home to California and be as close to all my family as possible.  I was completely heartbroken.  Still to this day I am grateful that I did not have the t.v. or radio to see or hear the continuously aired  images and screams of the people of NYC in my new home. Once was enough.

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am watching the Today show when I wake up in the morning.  I could not get myself to turn it on this morning.  Instead I chose to send blessings to all that were affected 11 years ago today and held a personal moment of silence in their honor.

In May I went to NYC for the annual Stationery show and passed this beautiful display of painted ceramic tiles.  I could have stayed all day just to see these precious images and the pride it showed for our beautiful U.S.A.

This is what I want to remember of 9/11 – the love and sacrifice so many brave men and women took to help their neighbor in need and the way this tragedy brought our beautiful nation together as one.

God bless all those who were taken that day and to all their loving family members.  This day will always take a place in my heart.



3 Responses to “Remembering 9/11”
  1. Kelsey says:

    Beautiful Michelle :)

  2. M. Siv says:


  3. Sarah Harris says:

    Thank you for sharing Michelle! Thanks for helping remind us that from this horrible event came some beautiful moments.

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