Where were you when the world stopped turning?
I was in Germany. Dragon had just returned from a deployment. We were in the "getting to know each other" stage. I had my routine, he had his. We were trying to find a way to make it work. We were both busy September 11. He was hanging wall paper and I was working in the yard.
He called me to come inside. My mom was on the phone. "Turn your TV on now. Something terrible has happened."
Mom, can't you just tell me?
NO, I can't. You have to see this to believe it. Go turn your TV on. I'll talk to you latter.
So I go and do it. The only English speaking channels we had were the military network channels. The first tower was burning. I watched as the second plane struck. I watched as the world learned that this was not an accident. I saw my world change in a moment.
I knew this stranger that looked like my husband would be leaving very soon. Possibly the very next day. It didn't matter that he had just gotten back. We were at war. He was home just long enough to help with the birth of our son. Then he was off again. And so our life post 9-11 began.
Put yourself in our shoes for a few minutes. The disaster was bad enough for a civilian. Take a minute and imagine the impact that day had on military families. On fire fighters and EMTs. Put yourself in our shoes and you will understand why I get so upset when someone tries to use this tragedy to make a political statement.
Just don't do it. DON'T ever do it. Save all your political crap for another day. Today is not the day.
Ps. a FB friend learned that lesson the hard way today. oops. lost my temper just a wee bit.