Daily Reflections From My Window

September 11, 2021 Saturday: Where Were You 20 Years Ago?

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“Yesterday’s just a memory, tomorrow is never what it’s supposed to be.”

Bob Dylan

I’m just going to put that there. I think Bob Dylan’s got something there and I don’t presume to be smart enough to interpret his meaning as it relates to 9/11, but think it could in so many ways. As it always does, FB reminded me of my memories over the past several years on this particular day. In one post, I link to my specific memories of this day as I wrote them in a Macaroni Kid article. I clicked the link and the article no longer exists because I am no longer a publisher. Sad, because I expressed my memories of that day so eloquently (in my humble opinion!) in that article. Why didn’t I copy it and save it? I was told that it no longer belonged to me and was the new owner’s property. I also thought it was on the World Wide Web forever! I’ve realized that some of those articles are ones I regularly visit and would love to have had the rights to. It helped me over the years to revisit them. I think when I quit publishing I dumped my memory bank, forever to be forgotten or at least written clearly.

I won’t bore you with where I was. Ok I will. Jay had gone to Pgh for the day to visit his Dad and I was on my way to Walmart in Richland to buy a filing cabinet to keep Scout Stuff in because I was the den leader. Forever in pursuit of organization, I am. I was on the highway and saw all of the rescue vehicles speeding by on their way to Shanksville. 20 years ago, I was not a news junkie and did not have the news on in the car. There weren’t cell phones. I had no idea what was going on. I think I stopped at McDonalds for a cup of coffee and the woman who handed my coffee told me that the United States was under attack! I got my file cabinet and headed home to be transfixed in front of our little black and white tv on our kitchen counter as I watched and listened Katie, Matt, Al and Ann, translate the horror of the day on the Today Show.

I couldn’t get in touch with Jay. I called the school to see if I should pick up Jack. The principal said that he was in a safe place since the school was a bomb shelter.

I’ll finish this memory later. I have a 4 hour drive ahead of me and my travel buddy just called to say she’s not feeling well. I have many things to do before I leave.

Yesterday was a busy one and I overslept a bit today. Thank goodness Jay’s alarm went off. I usually don’t need it but did today. My buddy Leo and I paid a visit to the Farmers Market in town and then on to H. Wonder Coffee and Records for a quick lunch and refreshing Latte’. Here’s Bridget, from Simply Good Catering (who does their pastries) modeling the fingerless mitts she bought from me during Art Walk in Stackhouse. I love to see that!

Jack and Leo were talking circuit boards here and last night Jay and I went to Jack and Madison’s home and checked out the workspace. Jack reminds me so much of my Dad.

So I have to skedaddle and I’ll leave you to the news reports of what happened on this days all those years ago.

Right now I’m happy remembering my memories of yesterday with Leo!

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!