I was thinking back on where I was twenty years ago today when the terrorists attacks on our nation occurred. Who doesn’t remember where they were and what they were doing that morning? I posted previously about that day here. It was a scary day, an unprecedented day, and one filled with so many different emotions.
I think what I remember most about that day was how strongly my urge was to just get home. I was in downtown Nashville when the bombings occurred and I just wanted to go home. I also remember that once I got home, I wanted badly to go yank my children out of school. I just wanted them home, safe in my arms. My husband and I discussed whether it would be best to go get them or leave them in school, and we chose to leave them since by that time, they were interviewing psychologists on TV who said it was best NOT to get them out. So we reluctantly left our children in school. Our youngest was 8 and our oldest had turned 12 just 2 days previous, on September 9th. I remember our talks from the events of the day and how I felt at a total loss to try to explain things to them when I didn’t understand myself how something like this could happen. I still don’t and I don’t understand the hatred.
Another strong memory from that day is when our Congress united on the steps of the Capitol and sang “God Bless America” that evening. I can’t help but wonder if today, that would even happen. This country is so tragically divided, that I really don’t think it would. I would hope, but still, I don’t think it would.
The following video gave me cold chills…. both the speech and then the singing. How I wish our nation could stand together united like this once again. I just hope it doesn’t take another terrorist bombing to do it.