Saturday, September 11, 2010

I Stood Frozen

Jenny Matlock

I am once again participating in Jenny Matlocks, Saturday Centus.  This is where she gives a phrase and you have to write using that phrase and only 100 words.  It's not easy.  And neither is today's prompt.  I will do my best to keep it at 100. 

I was getting my daughter ready for preschool.  Everything about the morning was normal.  Breakfast for her, me, and the baby.  Our little TV on in the kitchen.  It was Good Morning America.  But that day was not a good morning for America.  At first, I thought a building was being demolished.  Then I heard the reporter utter, "My God."  I stood frozen in front of the flickering images on my TV.  I wanted to call my mother.  I needed to call my husband--who was in the Coast Guard.  I called Rich.  He already knew.  The base was on the highest alert.  I called my mom next.  A horrible day indeed.

13 comments:

Tina said...

I chose the same picture. What a horrid day that was...

Sue said...

That is one of my favorite pictures because it symbolizes hope.

It was hard to hope in those early days. Sometimes it still is.

Thanks for sharing your experience, Lourie. I can definitely relate to it.

Viki said...

I always found interesting how such an ordinary day turned out so extraordinary in such a bad way.

Snuggle Wasteland said...

We were moving into our new house that day.

Linda Medrano said...

I remember the whole thing so clearly. I was getting ready for work and had the radio on. At first, I thought I was hearing the dj wrong. And then I found out it was not a mistake.

I awakened Alex. We both knew there would be a big change in America and it would affect us directly because Alex was in the Air Force Reserves. He got deployed within two weeks.

What a nightmare time for all of us.

Janiece said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.
I find it interesting that the firemen and flad picture is on so many blogs.
I agree with one of your other bloggers...it was a sign of hope...that we were still here and standing stronger than we had in many years.

Bookie said...

So many of us in routines, blown away from our ordinariness....

See Mom Smile said...

I watched it on the Today show in real time because we lived in PA at the time. Soooo scary and terrifying.

Cheryl said...

I kept the TV off all day. I didn't need more visual reminders burned into my brain. There are enough there already.

Ames said...

I think every American, and some of our friends abroad will always remember the exact time they first learned of this atrocity on our people. When you share it, you honor their memory. Thanks for that! Excellent use of the prompt.~Ames

jeff campbell said...

In a moment or two, life changed...well spoken about that day...Peace

Jenners said...

In visiting all the contributions this week, I realize how similar our mornings were then.

Jenny said...

Lourie, I really appreciate your link.

It is the tiny moments of this event that make me realize how bonded we all are in the community of remembrance.

Such a world changing event.

Thank you for sharing your memories with us.