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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Another use for Pallets

Our tribute to September 11, 2001.
Twin Towers in Pallets


Daylight view

September 11, 2001, I was expecting a call from my daughter to wish me a "Happy Birthday." When she did call from Brooklyn, I did not recognize her voice because she was screaming in terror. I kept asking, "Who is this?" When I finally understood it was my child, I thought the worst--her husband had been slashed on the subway, her three-month-old infant had died of SIDS, her first-grader had been hit by a car on the way to school.

I could not understand a word she was saying. It's amazing how much can go through your mind in mere seconds. She relayed the news to me as I scrambled from bed to turn on the TV.

Her husband worked 3 blocks from the WTC and still does. Thankfully, the tower fell in the opposite direction or he would have been killed. She did not know he was alive until after 6 pm because he had to leave his car and get a ride from someone else, going through the Queens tunnel instead of over the Brooklyn Bridge. 

No, it is not horrible this happened on my birthday, as some suggested. I would be considered small-minded and self-centered if I focused on me instead of grieving for the people who died and their relatives who had real losses. It's just horrible it happened at all.


                              "Happy Birthday to me"

Your turn
Is this not the cleverest idea for using pallets?

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  1. I remember I was a freshman in high school, 14. I was sitting in Geography class when we found out. I didn't understand the magnitude of the event until I got home & saw my dad glued to the TV. Weird to think it's been 10 years.

  2. Happy Birthday to you!
    I don't think our country will ever stop grieving. It still hurts me and I didn't know anybody who died there. It is my grandmothers anniversary of her death but that was 4 years ago. I'm glad its somebodies birthday!

  3. LindaM, Thank you.Actually, I found other bloggers who said it was their birthday, too.

    I always felt I should be more hurt and angry over Pearl Harbor, like my parents felt. I suppose this is my eternal hurt. I think little bit of us all died on 9/11.

  4. Someone phoned me on that morning , screaming 'Turn on your TV....Turn on your TV'. Little did I know then that my friend Kristin was sitting in one of the 'planes.

  5. I've just read about you chickens. I have just 3; Edwina, Richard, and Richard. The Richards were named by two of my small grandsons.

  6. tlc,
    Yes, it is like the death of JFK. I was in study hall. It's funny how those moments stick with us forever.

    Somehow, the screaming is part of what I will never forget. So sorry your friend died. I read your post about her.

  7. Cro, The "Richard" is they are hens? My three names are were just mine. I hope your eggs you gather are as delicious as mine.

  8. I hope you had a very special birthday!

  9. tlc, Thanks.

    Well, I turned 65, so I guess that is special. My fb friends greeted me. My daughter called. None of my friends here remembered, not even exbf. I know I have a $50 JCPenney gift card to spend. And, I don't have a fever anymore, plus the ear does not hurt very

  10. Better late than never, but happy birthday. I thought the pallets made a very humble tribute, along with the flags.

    To the spirit of good will and to happy birthdays. May they endure. :)

  11. Chris, what a wonderful comment! The last sentence is memorable and worthy of remembering and repeating, maybe embroidered and hung on the wall.

  12. Thank you Linda, but I can honestly say your story and many others remembering 9/11, invokes nothing short of good will. :)

  13. Although a tragedy, I'm just so grateful that your Family members were spared.
    Your Friend, m.

  14. Mark, Thanks. I suppose it sounded selfish to be glad it did not fall and kill sil.


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