When I was 18, I moved to Connecticut to be a nanny for a very nice East Coast family. I was only there 6 months but consider it one of the best times of my life. I was actually extremely homesick and emotionally conflicted the entire time I was living there, fresh out of high school, but I learned so many valuable lessons and will never regret my time spent in Norwalk.
Every chance I got, I would ride the train south on the weekends to New York City. I loved wandering the busy streets, exploring as many neighborhoods as I possibly could. Sometimes I'd go with friends, sometimes I'd go alone. All of the stories you hear about New York being the coolest city ever...it's all true. I can't wait to take my husband and boys back one day!
This was almost 20 years ago, back before digital photography...I think the internet was just barely starting to evolve. Unfortunately, I have maybe 5 pictures total of my trips to NYC. I wanted so badly this morning to find these pictures I took at the top of the Empire State Building and pay tribute to an amazing, complex, incredible place.
I can barely remember what I did yesterday, but I'll NEVER forget where I was on 9/11/01 and exactly what I was doing.
I woke up early to go my waitressing job at The Fairway Grill and as I leaving our garage, the radio DJ's had just started talking about a developing story of a plane flying into the World Trade Centers. I remember running in to tell Jason, who was half asleep, and I don't think he believed me.
I got to work and the other workers already had the TV stations on the news. The rest of the day everyone who came in The Fairway, which on most days was at least half the town of St. George, was glued to the huge tube screens. That's how we all got our information back in those days...before smart phones and tablets.
I vividly remember being terrified of what was going to happen in the world, and we were thousands of miles away from Ground Zero.
I cannot imagine how the people who were directly affected in NYC, D.C., and Pennsylvania felt or how they are able to carry on. I just want them to know I personally will never forget. One day I will visit the 9/11 Memorial with my family. And we will always do what we can to make the world a better place.
Where were you on 9/11/01? Comment below...