In Remembrance of 9/11

It's one of those things that you will remember the rest of your life. Like where you were, what you were doing, etc., when you got the announcement. 9/11 is one of those instances.

I was working at SecureCare of Iowa, where my sister, Sue, also worked. I had just heard about the towers being hit. Someone had their small TV on their desk and it was showing the event as it was occurring.

It was something too great to comprehend, but you are seeing it before your own eyes. As I was walking to my desk and pondering this, someone came up to me and said I needed to go to Sue immediately. At first I thought something had happened to my Dad. I was walking to Sue's area, someone I knew walked past me and said, "It's really bad."

I came up to Sue's desk and everyone is standing around her. She looked at me and started crying. You can't know how that felt. I was sure by now that my Dad had died. Sue tried twice to tell me whatever it was, failing to do so. Finally her boss said, "It's good news, Kathy. Your nephew, Mike, was in the Twin Towers when they were hit, but he is OK."

OMG, I didn't even know Mike was in New York. Please take a moment to read Mike's story. He was attending a meeting on the 63rd floor, coming back from a break when he heard the first explosion. I'll let you read his story to find out the rest.

Let me just say, Sue and I were so emotional....happy because he was alive, sad because of the whole 9/11 event. Both of our eyes were red and puffy from crying. I wonder if they have any eye creams that help eyes in that condition.

To this day, Mike is asked to speak at conventions and events, even for kids, where he explains his experience and helps anyone who asks him. He is such a wonderful man, that nephew of mine. I cannot even imagine what my sister, Jackie, went through until she finally had contact with him to know he was really alright.

Do you remember where you were when 9/11 happened? Tell me about it! Kathy