Friday, September 14, 2007

New moons & positive energy...

The first couple of weeks of school has passed. So far Darian has 100% in all of her classes. She has her first guitar test today. I had her run her scales this morning before she left. Fingers crossed! I'm sure she will do well, send positive vibes!
Speaking of positive vibes...
Last eve was the Radio8Ball show. It was the best one I've seen yet. Ah, our friend, synchronicity... (To borrow a phrase from the host, Andras) It really seemed like all of the stars had aligned or something because all of the answers made complete sense. Sometimes it seems a bit of a stretch, but last eve there were a few moments that took my breath away. Hearing Jon cover Blackbird was one of them. I almost cried, so did several other people. Something about how he delivered that song, seemed appropriate. I know a few people going through some pretty hard stuff right now and it made me think of them. Some of them are close and some are very far away. I just hope they all find the peace and well being they are looking for. Sometimes you have to remember that life gets hardest just before it gets better. When I look back, some of the worst times in my life were followed by some of the most life altering "Ah hah!" moments (To borrow a phrase from Oprah) when things get really hard, I like to think it is Life's way of telling us, "Get back on track!" So all of my friends who are going through hard times, I am thinking nothing but positive thoughts for you and praying for you that it will get better soon.
And in the the world of more do-goodery:
Tonight is The Genius Awards! Got to go get my hair cut at lunch today as this is a dress up event. It is at the fancy new Downtown Library. It is such a cool thing the paper does. They give money to local artists to spend on whatever they need to spend it on. It is completely NSA money. Some use it to fund projects, some use it for much needed health insurance, some use it to pay bills... you get the idea. I'm so glad to be a part of it. It is a really cool thing.

A VERY Happy Friday to you all!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

On this anniversary of the day that everything changed.

I was on the bus, on my way to work. It was one of those quiet mornings, the bus was packed, but there was not a sound until someone with a walkman on gasped loudly and said, "Oh no! Oh my god!"
Of course everyone turned their heads to see what the commotion was. He addressed us all like he was suddenly our friend breaking bad news. "A plane just flew into the World trade Center in New York! They are thinking it may have been hijacked!"

I didn't really understand what I just heard. At this point I had never even been to New York, so for me it was kind of a distant land that I had only seen in movies. I knew it was bad, I just didn't quite understand how bad.

I walked into the office where I worked. At the time I was working for a very large corporation who had offices in New York and Seattle. Usually, at this time of the morning, our offices were bustling, but it was dead quiet. I finally called the receptionist and asked where everyone was. She told me to go to the conference room.
I walked in and noticed that almost every one of my coworkers were huddled around the big screen we usually used for presenting new lines (It was a fashion company) It was tuned into CNN. I saw the first tower on screen with smoke billowing out of it and it started to become crystal clear just how big this really was. Then I saw the next plane crash into the second tower. People screamed, "NO!" even the reporter looked shaken. We sat there for what seemed like a really long time and just watched the screen. They repeated it over and over again. Crash, crash, crash....
It was a movie that I wanted to leave, a dream I wanted to wake up from. All I wanted was to go get my daughter and go home and lock the doors and never think about what I just saw ever again.

Then they fell.

I can't even tell you what I was thinking, because I think I just stopped feeling. I went numb. I could not believe it was happening. Nothing I have ever experienced in my lifetime had prepared me for this.

The rest of the day the managers had rolled televisions into all of our conference rooms. We all took shifts sitting in front of the televisions watching the news. Listening to the news tell us of "Possible targets in Seattle" watching those horrific moments on repeat so many times that I will never have to see them again and the picture is so burned in my minds eye I could recreate every billow of smoke, every dot flinging itself off of the building. It is something I can't forget.

The days that followed were just as surreal. People were different. We were all afraid. Suddenly flags went up all over town. Everyone knew someone who was in New York, had just flown the day before, had a friend or family member who was effected or even worse, who had died.

Then there were the recordings of the last calls. The news playing the voices of the dead on a loop.

On 9/10 I had decided to end the relationship I was in. We had talked, we had pretty much ended our engagement. He was going to move out November 1st. On September 12th, we were moving up our wedding date to March. Suddenly, life was short and we were in a huge hurry.
9/11 only put off the inevitable. We eventually got past our fear and came to our senses. We were very good friends, but we were not in love. He moved out that February, after everything started calming down again, after nothing blew up on New Years Eve, after we started to feel our false sense of security again.

Honestly, this day comes, and I try not to think about it. This day comes and I try to pretend it never happened. Not because I don't respect the dead or the loss, but because I don't want that fear to take hold again. That fear is what gives the people who did this to us the control. It is exactly what they want. It is what makes them win.

The more time that passes, the more my memory of that morning fades, the more I can remember the dead and that day but not feel that fear. Someday 9/11 will be a day, for those of us lucky enough to live on to very old age, that our Great Grandchildren will ask us about for class projects and out of curiosity after they hear about it in history class.

They will ask, "Grandma, do you remember what you were doing on September 11th?"

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