This last Friday, I drove with my 4-yr-old in the backseat of our family SUV. Our windows were rolled down and we felt the cool September air on our face. The sound of a Nickelback song came on the radio. I was heading to see my parents and then an ill eerie like feeling swept through my body.
My mind went back to that day almost 10 years ago. I drove on this same street, listening to this same song, to my local college.
I was a newlywed.
I drove a Pontiac Sunfire.
I was in college.
I woke up at 5:00am to study for an exam.
I turned in my paper at my professors desk, when a stranger walked in.
I watched her whisper something in his ear.
I sat frozen as he told us, “Everyone needs to go home. This country is under terrorist attack.”
I drove as fast as I can to my parents.
I parked my car and my Mom met me on the porch.
I held on to her like I was a child.
I watched the TV and repeatedly asked, “Why?”
I called my husband frantically, with no answer.
I sped home.
I sat with my husband glued to the tv.
10 years ago today…
My husband, of 6 months, held me and asked, “If the world ended tonight, what would you tell God you wish you had experienced while living?”
“The love of my own child.”
10 years ago today….
God heard my words.
God eased my worry.
God answered my prayer.
Today, I sit with my, now 10-yr-old, as we remember the events of 9/11. He asks questions. I don’t have answers, but I have comforting words as I say, “Honey, that was a horrible day in History, but God will never leave us. He hears our prayers and that’s why he gave me you on September 11, 2001. Today, I will drive that same road to my parents. I will sit with my family for lunch and be thankful we are here, 10 years later.
Where were you 10 years ago? Where are you today 10 years later?
There are no pictures in this post today. Only words. Only memories.
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