Tuesday, September 11, 2007

6 years ago...

I can't remember what time it was, but Daniel threw open my bedroom door and yelled...

"Mom, a plane flew into one of the Twin Towers"

I jumped out of bed and ran to the living room and like everyone else in the country, I watched, not fully understanding what was happening. This was very early on, before the 2nd plane. The news was still trying to make sense of it. Then we saw the 2nd plane and we knew our country was under attack. During times like that, family and loved ones just want to be together. My son, Michael was down in Long Beach. I called down to him and woke him up and he woke up his room mates and together we watched this crisis unfold before our eyes. I called my fiancee UP in WA State and felt so scared. I wanted to be near him. At that time, I had no idea what would come of this and what would be our country's plan of attack.

I touched base with my Mom and Dad as well. As the tragedy unfolded throughout the morning, I was shaken and sick. I had to go into work, but wanted my son's to stay home and not go to school. I wanted to be home with them. At this time, I was working full time as a nanny. Back then, the Mom and I had some rocky times with each other. They are atheists and European Socialist.  When I called the Mom, to tell her I wanted to come in later, she snapped at me. She told me, that it was about time, something like this happened to America. I couldn't believe this anti-American rhetoric coming from this wealthy family, who enjoy many of the perks from being here in America. I told her off. I QUIT and I hung up on her. About 30 minutes later she phoned back to apologize and asked me to come back. I did. Our relationship was now different. I knew where they stood and they knew where I stood.

Many thought I should of quit and moved on. Being a Nanny is not just any type of job. There are heart strings, involved and I was very much in love with the children and they loved me as well. I wanted to make an impact on the children. I wasn't there to make an impact on the parents. We never really discussed it again. She keeps her politics to herself and vise versa. Believe it or not, we now enjoy a good working relationship, of course I am not working the full time hours I did back when I was raising my 3 boys alone.

 So what does all of this have to do with what took place 6 years ago? For me, it was a pivotal time in my life. The drama of that time, is what led my fiancee and I to finally set a date to marry. It drew me even closer to my family and what it would be like if I ever lost them, which I did lose my son 2 years later and my Dad, just this past Jan. Two years later my youngest son, enlisted in the Navy. Something, I know, he probably wouldn't of done, if 9-11 hadn't happened. Finally it made me take a firm STAND, regardless. I am much more of a radical now,  for my country and do not go about my daily affairs without asking God to bless our nation, our President and our military. To keep us safe. Life has changed. God remains ever faithful. Since then, BOTH the Mom and Dad have become American citizens. They know more about the history of the United States. Fly the flag on National holidays. I think I might have had a little impact on them, although they are still atheist.

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