This morning I woke up to my husband giving me the news of Bin Laden! At first, it didn’t register, since I was still trying to wake up, so unfortunately, he had to repeat himself, as I rubbed my eyes with a confused look on my face. But when it did register, it was music to my ears. As I took time this morning to curl up in bed with my son, to watch his favorite cartoon, I knew my baby was safe, along with the rest of America! This is a day that so many Americans have longed for. I remember all too well, where I was on 9/11. The husband, at that time we had just started dating, and I decided to take a trip for our birthdays and we thought what better place than Vegas. I had taken some allergy medicine the night before, and allergy medicine has a tendency to knock me out, a fire could take place in my house and I would burn to death, because I’m out cold! Our cell phones were going off that morning, with several missed calls, but eventually one of our family members called our hotel room direct and got us, and told us to turn on the news. As we turned on the TV, I was still a little out of it, I remember seeing with one eye open, a plane crashing into one of the Twin Towers, and then another plane. Mike jumped out of bed, and ran to the window, not sure why he did that, but I guess with us being in one of the most popular travel locations in America, he was scared they might try to attack Vegas also. All I could think of at that time, and this might sound a little selfish, but it isn't meant to be, because my heart was aching for all the families, and for America, but all I wanted was to be at home with my family. This was such a tragedy to our country, and I had never been through something like this, probably like most of the people my age, and I was truly scared. I remember us finally leaving our hotel room, after watching over and over and over, the planes crashing into the Twin Towers, and every time we saw it happen, it was like it was the first time, and my heart dropped each time, I was in such disbelief of what was happening to our country, and that we were truly under attack. I live in denial a lot; I like happy thoughts, not thoughts of grief and loss. As we left the hotel room, the casinos were full of people watching the TVs stationed throughout each casino, hanging onto every word that was being played on the news. I remember a lot of the shops had closed for the day, a long with no flights in or out, meaning we were stuck in Vegas for two extra days. And I all I wanted was to get home. We considered renting a car, but we knew if we did that, A) we would end up killing each other or breaking up, and that wasn’t what either one of us wanted, B) the end result, we wouldn’t get home any sooner if we did drive. So, we waited it out. With so many people wanting to get home to be with their families, it was a first come first serve getting out of Vegas. I remember us camping out, trying to make sure we made it on the first flight available. At the time, I had never been so happy to see my family, and give them hugs and kisses, and so thankful that they were all okay. My heart ached truly for the love ones that were lost that day, and my heart has ached for the soldiers, and the families of the soldiers. It has been a long almost 10 years, but today (last night), victory has been had. The man behind all of this has finally been killed. I know this won’t be the last attack our country will face, but we have gotten stronger, I hope we never have to face anything like 9/11 ever again. I just want to say THANK YOU, to the men and women that fight everyday for what we have! At times I believe it is taken for granted… I’m thankful for each one of you; I know that I couldn’t do what these men and women have done. Last night, will mark another page in history! What a long journey/road it has been, but thankful it is over!
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