…about a day 18 years ago.

9/11…I remember, in fact, I remember those events almost constantly, and certainly every time I board an airplane, which happens about 10 times a month on average. When my flight from Chicago to Sacramento was grounded that morning after the first plane struck the tower, we began to learn what was happening as we watched the TV monitors in the St. Louis airport. I remember the shock, the disbelief, the fear, the anger, the uncertainty, the almost feral attitude that gripped everyone around me as many literally began to panic. I remember heading against the crowd rushing to get out of the airport to get to a bank of pay phones so that I could call home. In light of all that I remember about that day, what I remember most was the impromptu prayer meetings myself and other stranded travelers held in the lobby of the Hotel. At the end of the day, there are a few things that are really true: none of us are guaranteed tomorrow, bad things happen to good people, we are stronger together, people are amazingly resilient and resourceful and we take care of each other when the need arises, and most importantly – faith in God can and will sustain us through anything and everything. Today is a gift, let’s unwrap it and enjoy it in honor of those men and women we lost 18 years ago on this day.

Tracy

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