Waking up in College Place, WA. I hadn't yet started my first year of college. I was just a week into living in my new apartment, first time out on my own, had a new roommate who I didn't really know, hadn't yet started my new job. I wasn't even awake yet that day. And then the phone rang.
I remember watching the news more then, than all the rest of my life in total. I remember watching our president give us words of encouragement and of action. I remember everyone being on the same page and being proud. I remember crafting out letters and stars and white christmas lights that we hung in our front window, "God Bless America". And I remember all of the flags in every store were sold out, because I remember every house/store/car decorated with red and white and blue.
But I feel so blessed that I don't have to remember the death of one of my own loved ones on this day. So so blessed. And so I think, today, of all those who did lose a loved one 9 years ago today.