Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11th

My sister-in-law posted on her blog what had happened to her 10 years ago and I thought I would do the same.
I woke up to my alarm early in the morning and heard faintly on the radio about the World Trade Center. I seriously thought I was dreaming and still asleep. So I went back to sleep and woke up a little later. I headed to my Hawaiian language class and we watched the news. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I also kept thinking how blessed I was to be alive. A month before that my family and I took a trip to New York. We were there only a month ago. I kept thinking that as the world-changing events were happening. Then when I looked at the pictures I took on that trip, I realized that I had taken a lot of pictures of the Twin Towers. I even bought a Planet Hollywood shirt that had the Twin Towers on it. Had we put off that trip as a family, we would never have seen those buildings. I remember my mom also asking us a couple of times if we wanted to tour the buildings but we said "no." Of course I wish I had taken her up on that.
Last night I was watching a special about a photographer that took pictures of the aftermass of 9/11. She went and visited the people that were in her photos. It was really touching. One of them said, "We're not the heroes. We just were the helpers. The heroes were the ones that lost their lives that day." I am grateful for all those that sacrificed their lives and those who continue to put their lives on the line for our country.