Saturday, September 11, 2010


Patriotism Pictures, Images and Photos*pic grabbed from photobucket*

I remember.....nine years ago I was a EDIT:Senior (my brain is fried I guess, I wasn't a junior) and driving from seminary to school.  I got a call (from my then-boyfriend) and he said, "A plane just crashed into the World Trade Center."   I guess I had been living in a bubble because not only was I not sure exactly where the World Trade Center was but the fact that a plane had crashed into it meant little to me. I cringe at my naivety and stupidity. 

I remember...I walked into my first period which ironically was a government class and we sat there and watched the twin towers burn to the ground.  In every class that day we watched, and stared and witnessed. I remember my teachers being speechless, somber and tearful.

I remember...opening the newspaper the next day and plastered on the front page was a picture of people leaping to their death out of 50 story windows.  I was bewildered.  I was horrified.  I was so, so sad for those people.  

I remember...driving around town and it was like a sea of American Flags.  It was uplifting and encouraging.  It felt good to know that all across the country we were praying and hoping for the same things.

I remember... last year on the anniversary I was watching raw footage from a local New Yorker who happened to be filming-from her apartment- the first tower right as another plane hit the second tower.  There was no dramatic music or creative editing, just the loudest most terrifying scream I had ever heard.  And I burst into tears.  Up until that point watching footage had never had that effect on me.  I don't know what it was exactly but I could just feel her terror.

And today I remember that life is short.  So many things that we think are vital to our existence are in fact useless to our salvation.  I will remember that family is absolutely the most important aspect of our earthly lives and because of that fact Satan works with a pertinacious and unabated force to destroy them.   We cannot just sit on our hands and watch the destruction, we have to actively fight against him.  

“But dark as this hour, there is shining through the heavy overcast of fear and anger the solemn and wonderful image of the Son of God, the Savior of the world, the Prince of Peace, the Exemplar of universal love, and it is to Him that we look in these circumstances.  It was He who gave His life that all might enjoy eternal life.”    -President Hinckley


Melissa said...

Beautifully written, Carly. Amen to it all.

lovinglife said...

Well said Carly. So glad I have a friend like you. Darcy

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