Where were you 10 years ago today? I was in living in Los Angeles. My life was totally different than it is today. It was close to 7:00 am when my phone rang, it was my sister. I was still sleeping and it alarmed me that she was calling so early. She said through sobs, “We’re under attack! Are you ok?” My response was I was sleeping she said, “Get up!! Turn on the news.” I sat up in my bed and turned on the television and there it was one of the Twin Towers with smoke billowing out of the top. I sat there and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I began to cry with her over the thought of all of those innocent people who were dying and in danger. Then she said, “Los Angeles is on high alert for a possible attack there. Come home.” As the rest of the events unfolded I, like the rest of the world was in awe. I think we all will remember where we were and what we were doing when we got the news. I was working for Sony Pictures at the time. I went to work as usual and when I got there they told me to go home the studio was shut down as a precaution. I ended up going to a friend’s house where we watched helpless and in horror attacks on our fellow Americans on our own soil.
I lived by myself at the time and felt extremely lost and lonely. I began to think a lot about what would happen if L.A. was attacked, and I never saw my family or best friends again? For a few weeks after the attacks I walked around in a daze. I started going to church and praying more often. I was more willing to talk to strangers because they were willing to talk to me. There was a strong sense of community even in one of the largest cities in the world. We all came together. I called my family every day and told them how much I loved them. I think the entire United States was much more humble and willing to express their feelings knowing that our precious lives could be stolen in a second. At the end of that year I moved back to my hometown.
As I reflect today through tears of that sad day in our history, I thank God for my precious Angel, my incredible family, and all of my friends. I am thankful for all of the men and women who altruistically serve our country so we can be free. I am going to get even sappier and encourage all of you to tell someone you love them, call your mother, hug your children, and be thankful, for we never know when we will take our last breath. Live each day as if it were your last and remember those who have gone before us.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!