All day I have been pushing words around in my brain trying to wrap my thoughts around the memory of what happened on September 11th eleven years ago. It is one of those days that it is easier to not say anything in fear of saying something that doesn’t mean enough. But after seeing this photo, I just knew I needed to share it. This photo was taken on campus at PLNU and made me so proud, sad, thankful, and scared all at the same time. I was a freshman on the campus of PLNU when the tragedy happened. And what makes my mind spin are all of the stories that came out of that day and the days that follow. That day was a day of fear for the family of one of my very best friends, and I can’t even imagine the fear and hope that their family had while waiting to hear that their husband, father, brother, and an overall incredible man. I’ve never met him, but have heard enough to know that lives would have been shattered if he had not been able to walk his way to a safe place that day. I am just so thankful for that.
And the other side of this is trying to understand the feelings of the family members of the first responders that went to rescue everyone. Since I am a wife of a first responder, I can’t even begin to dialogue on how I would have felt that day no matter the outcome.
I pray that we never have to experience this type of tragedy again.