My phone rang early on September 11th, 2001 - I was jolted from sleep - it was my younger sister, Denise, and she said in grave tones... "Have you seen the news?" "No, I mumbled" "Something terrible has happened, turn on the tv." We hung up the phone and I dressed quickly and went to the living room of the houseboat I was living on... turned on the television and was hit smack in the face with the horrific visions and reports of the terrible events taking place in New York City. I sat there, stunned and in shock at the awful loss and sadness and tragedy that was taking place at that very moment.
Later that day I had to go to work at The Oregonian newspaper in the Circulation Department. I took some leather and some beads with me - I worked on the phone and was able to do handwork between calls. As the other staff and I talked about the terrible events that had taken place, I began stringing beads... I wanted to make something to remember those who'd lost their lives, to remember how America had been hurt, to wear and proclaim my Patriotism to my country...
My beloved country changed and suffered on that day - actually, the world changed and suffered that day. But what I am constantly amazed and proud of, is how we banded together, stood proud, dealt with our tragedy together as a nation, and came out the other side of that dark tunnel to the bright light of freedom and unity.
What were you doing when you heard about these attacks? How has it changed you?
Love and hugs.. Teresa