Archive for September, 2011
11 Sep

Ten Years After

It is difficult not to post something on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It is all over the place – newspaper, magazines, online, conversations, and especially on TV. I find it difficult to even turn on the TV today with all the coverage going on. About every 5 minutes I see or hear something that just makes me want to cry. I guess that is what you are supposed to do today as it is set aside as a national day of mourning. Lots of folks have stories about where they were on 9/11. I don’t really have any story at all, but I can remember exactly where I was at the time. I had left that morning to go to work at The Common Grill where I was a server. In between the time I left for work and when I got there the first plane hit. I remember walking into the restaurant and it was really quiet and no one was around, which I thought odd. It is typically a bustling place in the a.m. getting ready for the lunch crowd. I walked in the dining area and saw everyone standing around. There were two TVs above the bar and all eyes were focused on them. When I got in and started looking, I saw the first tower engulfed in smoke. Before I even said anything, someone spoke up and said “a plane hit one of the World Trade Center towers.” No one really knew at the time what was going on. Then soon after I arrived, the second plane hit. At that point, everyone knew that something bad was happening. It was truly hard to absorb. More details started to come in and everyone was in shock. But still, we had a restaurant to run and everyone started to get back to work and check the TV on occasion to see the latest news. It wasn’t long before the towers fell. Gasps, crying, expletives, bewilderment, horror.

Regardless of what was happening, we still had to open for business. Chef kept us going and the bartender and others would announce any news that came in while we prepared for the day. We opened and had a fairly light lunch crowd. The TVs stayed on and we tried to keep up with the news. Then one of the guests complained about the TVs being on saying something like “turn those off – I can’t eat my lunch with all that depressing stuff going on.” We were kind of shocked that someone could be so uncaring and callous at that time, but I guess everyone reacts in their own way. I like to think that the person just couldn’t deal with it at all and refused to accept what was happening.

I actually can’t remember if the TVs were turned off or not – I think they were because someone had a radio in the kitchen and news was being relayed from there. I know that after my shift I bolted home. I had just moved back to Jackson and was staying at my parents at the time. I walked in and they were just sitting at the kitchen table. My folks never turned on the TV in the morning and a lot of the time didn’t even turn on the radio. I had asked them if they had heard the news. They had not. All morning and early afternoon they were oblivious to the events. I took them into the living room and turned on the TV and they watched astonished. We were pretty much glued to the TV that day.

I sometimes wonder how future generations will view 9/11. This is our generation’s Pearl Harbor and I imagine that some 40 years on or so, the day will be marked on wall calenders we buy and there will be some news coverage. But it will most likely get less and less each year as it has with Pearl Harbor. Most times now, folks don’t even realize when Pearl Harbor Day is or even know of the events – except for what was taught in history class. Of course since the recent tragedy is titled “9/11,” I doubt folks will forget the date, but its impact will gradually decrease with time and will become know to students in their classes. It is the nature and course of things. But for those who existed during that dreadful day, and especially for the families and friends who lost someone, it is a day that will not soon be forgotten and will always be prominent in our lives for as long as we exist.

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03 Sep

Back to Life, Back to Reality

It has been too long since I have posted on theBlippity. The main reason is because my mom passed away this summer. It was a long and difficult time, but there is always a point where things have to get back to normal – or a new type of normal. So I’ll be getting back in the swing of things and get some things posted. I’ve missed posting some excellent things that I’ve enjoyed during this time, but perhaps I can revisit them in time.

A big thanks to everyone out there who supported my brother and I during this difficult time.

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