There are certain moments you just never forget where you were when they occurred. I'm not talking about the obvious things like your marriage and/or the birth of your children. I mean news events. For instance, I have already mentioned in a previous post where I was when the Challenger space shuttle exploded. Likewise, I'm sure my parents and everyone from that generation can vividly tell you where they were when they heard that King and Kennedy (and maybe even Malcolm X) had been assassinated.
So as far as life-altering moments go, I very distinctly remember where I was when I heard about the planes hitting the towers. I had just dropped off Elijah and Mariah at school since I was living in Cedar Rapids at the time, working as a field claims rep. On my way back to my in-home office, I was listening to 99.7 FM. They talked about the first plane rather cavalier as they didn't fully know what happened. Initially, it made a little sense just listening to the scenario that it wasn't that bad. Maybe a plane went too low and hit one of the towers accidentally? I mean they are rather large so wasn't it bound to happen sooner or later, right?
Once I got home I started working my normal claims with the tv on and slowly got more details. That's when I started to realize the full magnitude of what was happening. I also recall trying to go to CNN.com to get even more information. The site was so swamped with hits that it's the first time I have EVER seen it lock up and not respond.
Long story short, on the tenth year commemoration of the tragedy, I can safely say that it is one moment in my life that I will never forget. We can put the blame on as many different people as we want as to why it happened and it still won't change the fact that the surreal became a reality. An attack on American soil. I'm certain it won't be the last, but now I will never forget where I was when the first significant one occurred during my lifetime.