Trying my best to be positive. Had a great morning with my boys, held hubby tight before he left, texted my daughter a simple "I love you", purposely didn't change my profile picture on Facebook. Driving to work I saw beautifully decorated vehicles, mural painted snow plows being transported on trailers, "Never Forget" written on windows with white window paint. I smiled. Then I started passing flags at schools & the post office lowered to half mast & I lost it. Bawled my eyes out the rest of the way to the office.
"Tonight I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me." ~ George W Bush, September 11, 2001.
I think of my friends today who lost their son who worked for Marsh & McLennan on the 97th Fl. of tower 1. He was 25 years old and had only been working there for 3 months. Innocent people just going to work on that fateful day and not returning home. So sad. We as a country will never forget.
I am writing this as a tribute to Allen Boyle who was killed at the Pentagon. His youngest son will turn 13 this November and never met his father. I did not know Allen personally but he was a friend and coworker of a close friend. On that day in 2011, I sat with my friend's wife waiting to hear from her husband who was working with Allen in the Pentagon. Sometime around noon we finally got the call that let us breath a sigh of relief, we heard from her husband that he was safe and on his way home. For those who weren't in this area, no phone calls were going through, it was hard to reach anyone. And the scene at the Pentagon was chaotic, obviously. I will never forget those 2 hours of not knowing, the drive to my friend's office to wait with her to find out if the love of her life was hurt or worse. I thank God every day that I did not have to see her face had the news gone the other way. Later that day the reality set in that Allen's wife would never get that phone call. Everything changed that day. Everything.