Today is September 11th, a day Americans reflect on with such sorrow. Today we remember all those who were affected by 9/11.

I still remember that day so vividly. Let me give you some background.  My Dad was born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey about 10 miles from New York City. I lived in Bayonne, for 5 years up until I was 7.  We moved to Chicago in 1993. I spent a good amount of my summers visiting family and friends in Bayonne up until I was about 20 years old. It was my second home. I still remember the feelings I get when I’m on the NJ Turnpike when leaving the airport driving into Bayonne, I can’t even describe it.

When 9/11 happened, my Dad luckily was home in Chicago but I had family and friends who worked in Manhattan and right near where the World Trade Center was. That day I was sitting in class as the news broke about the attack and I started to panic about everyone I knew who would have been in the city that day.  Luckily, by late evening we had confirmation that everyone we knew was accounted for and physically okay. I still remember going back east later in September when my Grandfather passed away and still seeing the smoke from the World Trade, it was unbelievable.

My heart broke for everyone who was there and had to experience this horrendous act. Today we are reminded of all those lives lost, all those first responders and all those who had to endure that day.

When you think of days like today it really makes you realize that life is short and that it can change in a blink of an eye. Be happy, take that trip, buy that purse, eat the pizza and live your life to the fullest!

We’ll never forget!!
Photo courtesy of my cousin, Elisha DeMaria of New Jersey!  wp-image-1724532683