Sunday, September 11, 2011
I hadn't planned on making a pot for today. Today is my first anniversary with my bride. The church we got married in was only open for this day because no one seemed to want to get married on this day. We viewed it as a way to bring the day back to the good. Something positive on a day that is so sad and emotional. On this day 10 years ago I was working second shift as a conference call operator. I was still asleep when the first plane hit. One of my roommates came and woke me up and told me something was happening and I needed to get up. As we sat in our living room watching in shock I still knew I had to get to work. Work was strange that day. On this day came one lowest moments as an operator. A call was put on my schedule to call 4 people and connect them to a conference. the first three numbers were 212 area code. I got ring no answers from all three. I then dialed the last number. On the last number I told the person that answered that I called the other three numbers and didn't get an answer. He then asked me if I knew where those numbers went too. I said 212 is New York, he said, these numbers go to the World Trade Center and then hung up on me. I felt so low at that moment. I don't know these people, I don't know if they lived or not. I pray often that they did live and that the man I spoke too forgives me and understands that I was just doing my job. After this I was moved to lead a call that was lines connected to a conference keeping communications up following the president. Where he was, if he was on the ground, in the air, where he was heading. It was interesting, but I couldn't wait to get back home and get this day over with. I think of this every year on this day. I was hoping I could replace these memories with new memories of what I did leading up to marrying my bride, but they're burned into my mind. I'm so happy to be celebrating my anniversary with my bride today, but sadden at what happened on this day 10 years ago. My bride and I have decided that we will spend one of anniversaries in New York in remembrance of those that lost their lives on that day.