I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
This week, my daughter has come home from school with many questions. You see, she was only 2 years old 10 years ago. One of her questions was "what were you doing on 9/11 daddy?"
It was not a question that took any thought. I was sitting at my desk, as an operations manager in an air freight company, tracking and tracing my customers freight. All of a sudden I got one email, followed by a phone call from the corporate office. This is how I was told about the planes. Remember, 10 years ago, I don't remember having the technology that we do today to watch live TV on the computer. It took an hour or so to get pictures posted on the internet.
At the time, I had a brother that was a flight attendent for United, based in Chicago. I had no idea where he was, as I never tried to keep track of his comings and goings. I also had a brother in law that was a flight attendent for United, but he was based in Boston. Imagine the feeling of anxiety not knowing where either was at the time.
I remember getting a call from Midwest Express, I had freight on a plane headed for New York. All Midwest could tell me was that the planes are all being grounded and it would take some time to figure out where all of the planes landed. Eventually, this particular shipment ended up in Canada, that is where the plane was grounded.
Most of our office staff had gone home by noon or so, but I stayed to make sure that everything we had was going to be safe. I can't remember if the second shift came in that day or not. I don't remember getting home until 5:00 or 6:00, so this was the first time I saw the events of the day. I think I stayed up until well past midnight just watching the events.
As I reflect on these events, I often remember all of those who lost lives that day and how this world has changed.