I debated doing a 9-11 post.
But it really is something we will all never forget.
Where were you? I was living on Saint Simon’s Island Georgia. At that time in my life I was teaching remedial reading to community college students. I was paid by federal grants so I moved around a lot when the grants wore out. I didn’t really want to leave the island. So, I had decided to buy a floral shop. I was in the middle of getting a business loan.
Shortly before that, my sister who had stage four breast cancer and was living with my dad showed up unannounced on my doorstep with my father. SSI is a very small but welcoming community and my sister had gone basically door to door telling people about her cancer. What can I say ? We like to talk in our family. But it was kind of weird.
So after she came to my town and told everyone she was dying. Then, she went home to Daddy’s house. Only she did not take Daddy with her. WTF? Daddy was more than a little bit deaf. And while he was an incredibly intelligent person, his mental abilities were waning. He was also still grieving the death of our mother. So my sister was essentially taking a beach vacation and leaving him behind.
At that time I was an administrator on a large website. All of our NYC folks were obviously freaking the fuck out and had no phone service. So I was trying to coordinate people to relay messages of safety and such. My father didn’t seem to grasp what was happening. He had sort of a “shit happens” sort of view. His cognitive abilities were not that great at that point and he could not understand why I was sobbing and constantly on the computer. He didn’t seem to grasp what was going on. I was pretty much alone at the time and chatting with my imaginary Internet friends trying to let loved ones know people were okay.
After the attacks, my bankers all freaked out and all loans were sort of dropped. So each year on this day I sort of wonder what my life would be like if I had bought the floral shop and stayed living on the island.
But then, I would have never met you all. So, there is a good and a bad to everything in life I guess. And 18 years later I remain constantly online.
So where were you?