When Everything Changed

My post for Blue Star Families this week will be about September 11th.

download (17)I walked into my first class of the day. It was one of my senior level Sociology classes. I was in a daze. I still couldn’t believe what had happened. I didn’t know what it meant. I didn’t know what it meant for my boyfriend who was apart of the IRR. Would he be called up? Was this going to keep happening? Would we ever catch who did this?

Half of the class had not heard yet. You have to remember, this was before everyone got on Facebook first thing in the morning. If you didn’t listen to the radio or tv before your first class, you might not have heard what had happened.

Later that day I met my boyfriend for lunch. I saw a man selling a newspaper about what happened so I bought a copy. I bought the paper pretty much everyday for the next week or two. I still have all those papers tucked away in my closet.

I can remember everything I did that day very clearly. From waking up to hearing about a plane crash, to talking about it in each class I had that day.

I have seen a few documentaries from the point of view of those in New York that day. I had a friend who worked in the city. I called her number but it was busy. I had no idea where she worked in the city. I called her parents in New England and they told me she was ok.

My boyfriend, later husband never did get called up during his IRR time. He did however re-enlist in 2005 and we became an Army family. A post 9/11 Army family.

On that day in Sept 2001 I don’t think I had any idea how what happened would personally affect me and my future family. I never thought it would impact my future children in the way that it has.

Being an Army wife with a husband who has been overseas, 9/11 has affected me.

Being an American who remembers the years before 9/11, it has affected me.

Our American lives changed on that day. War changed on that day. How we handle war changed on that day. What freedom looked like changed that day.

What are we to do on the anniversary of this event? I think we need to remember it. When need to remember those who lost their lives on that day and those who have lost their lives since that day trying to prevent this from ever happening again.


Do you remember 9/11? What were you doing that day?


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  1. I live so close to NYC it’s hard to forget what I was doing that day. Every year that this day rolls around I get inexplicably anxious. And now I’m a military wife also, in a post 9/11 world, with a husband overseas. So I’ve seen it from all angles. I get where you’re coming from!

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