Where were you when the world stopped turning?
September 11, 2001 was a beautiful morning in Maine when my day started. Life was good. I had my own successful business, a same-day courier service, that let me and my family do what we wanted to do.
I headed in to my office, as I had the first run of the day. Run into town, pick up some stuff, then head out to my first stop, about two hours away.
My first indication that this was not going to be a normal day was as soon as I got into the car. The radio happened to be on the local talk station. The guy on the radio was talking about whatever he was talking about (I wasn’t really listening) but then he stopped.
He started speaking with someone in the room with him, and then said that he was just told that a plane had just hit the World Trade Center.
That was enough to get my attention. So, instead of just punching the button to change to music, I kept listening.
Within 15 minutes, the second plane hit.
A few minutes later, he signed out, saying he was told to evacuate the building.
I was glued to the radio for the entire trip. By the time I arrived at my first drop stop, both towers had fallen, the Pentagon had been hit, and another plane had crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The people I met that day all looked different than they normally did. We were all just a little bit shaken.The world, as we knew it, truly had stopped turning.
That evening, after I got home, I hugged my wife and my children. I watched the video playback of the second plane, and the towers falling, and the smoke and fire in Shanksville, New York and Washington, DC.
Back on September 11th, 2001, our world changed.
Back on September 11th, 2001, our country bonded together.
Now here we are on September 11th, 2017. We have idiots trying to pull our nation apart, and people who just don’t realize that they have become pawns of these morons who hate everything, as they spout that same hate against anyone who thinks for themselves.
But overall, they have failed.
We’ve just had two big hurricanes, both of them hitting areas where I have family and friends. In Texas, Harvey caused tremendous flooding, and Irma just caused damage across most of Florida. But in both states, almost everyone has come together to help family, friends, neighbors and complete strangers. People from all across the country are donating money to help, and others have headed to Texas and will head to Florida to help in person.
This country has always helped others. It will continue to. It is who we are.
It is our DNA.
All my friends and family in Texas and Florida are fine. Those in Sarasota have already checked in and are fine, and others in Florida as well as those in Texas were all far enough away to not be heavily impacted.
My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those impacted by these storms.
Sixteen years ago, I had two adopted children. Now I have three, as well as three grandchildren.
I will hug them all, just as soon as I am able.