9.11.2010

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9.11. 01.  everyone is talking about where they were nine years ago.  the news stations are playing a constant loop of photos.  the story is everywhere you turn.. it always will be on this day. we'll tell our children and our grand-children the story, all the tiny details we remember, the ones unique to our own experience... the memories of the view from where we stood on the day the buildings came tumbling down.

my own memory goes like this. i was still living in texas, but was visiting mike in bremerton. we were just dating then. i was scheduled to fly home on 9/11. mike was starting a tour on the same day.  of course, neither of those things happened. mike woke me up, neil and kellie were in the living room and the news was on, showing the insanity of what was happening, live. i couldn't understand any of it, my head was full of sleep and the whole morning had a thick fog around it. we sat and watched the ordeal unfold, the group of us silently taking it all in. flights were cancelled, airports closed, confusion set in everywhere, and no one knew which way was up. somehow in the midst of it all, the tour mike was supposed to be starting unfolded and the next thing i knew we were on a tour bus.  i would fly back home to dallas from the first city with an operating airport.

almost two weeks later, we stopped in las vegas. mxpx played the house of blues and mike asked me to marry him.  he said if i went back to dallas on my own, after everything that had happened in that short period of time, i'd change my mind about being with him. the world was upside down. nothing was quite making sense anymore. i was unsure, and i wondered if he was right.  was all of this some kind of sign? should i go back home and forget this crazy life?  before i met mike i was on a set course, a sensible road, and all of it was coming unraveled at an alarming rate.

i'll never know what would have happened if i'd made it back to dallas on 9/11.  i'll never know if i would've had a different life. i said yes. we were married in a little chapel in the desert... because of that one day, that one moment in time, my life was changed forever.

i flew back to dallas a married gal; my life was turned upside down.  i guess it still is...

but i wouldn't have it any other way.

6 comments:

MIKE herrera said...

Everything changed on 9/11. I love this blog!

callyshay said...

Thank goodness for that change...

Erin Smith said...

Quite possibly the most redeeming 9/11 story I've heard. Thanks for sharing that.

Sara Louise said...

Amazing story! Your grandkids will love it!

tessa said...

i remember the details of that week from your perspective... the phone calls worried about losing your job, getting married in denim and being totally elated ;) so glad you stayed

Rich said...

Those were some pretty good times during really weird times. It was so weird being in Vegas and the place was empty.