Posted on September 10th, 2011 in Behind The Designer


It was a Tuesday morning, that had started out with me, my sister and my mom visiting my grandmother (Nana) at her home in Missouri. The three of us, along with my aunts, uncles and cousins, were preparing a surprise birthday party for her. I won’t say how old she was turning that day as my mother has taught me to never talk about a woman’s age. 🙂 I remember the leaves were changing into their beautiful fall colors and the air was crisp and refreshingly cool – I love fall!

Have you ever had a moment in time where you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing? So much so that it is vivid in your memory like it were happening at this very moment? That is what that Tuesday is like for me today – planning Nana’s birthday party, the coolness of fall in the air, the feeling that I felt when my Pampa turned on the TV and we all saw the first Twin Tower falling! I was only four years old, but it is still so clear in my mind today.

The thing I remember most is looking at my family around me and the uncertainty and fear I saw on their faces. Even though I didn’t fully understand at that moment what was going on, I understood that it was something that was gripping all of us in a powerless way.

My dad was in Atlanta for meetings that day and my mom was very concerned for his safety. She made contact with him and he was on his way back home, as Atlanta was being shutdown. She quickly tried to reach my uncle who lived in NYC to check on him. When she got through to him, he was totally unaware of what was going on. He had called in sick that morning because he had come down with a bad cold – his office was two blocks from the World Trade Center! As she talked with him on the phone and told him what was happening, he opened the blind to his bedroom to look out across the Hudson.

At that moment he saw the second tower falling.

Today, I have much to be thankful for. My uncle was able to fly in from NYC last month and share in the excitement of my debut launch. My dad sat on the front row and cheered me on. My family and friends were there to support me and my Nana & Pampa were dong the same from their home in Missouri.

In my Honors Modern Civilizations class, we spent time talking and remembering that unimaginable day. We talked about our personal memories of that day and how it has impacted our lives. As I remember this 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001, I am reminded not to forget those who were heroes and who gave of themselves for others. They came in all forms – firemen, ordinary women and men, telephone operators and yes, even man’s best friend.

I want to share something that reminds me that everyone played a part in helping those through this tragic moment in time. Heroes are angels all around us and they can even be of the four-legged variety:

American Kennel Club logoOn September 11, 2001, we saw a very special breed of hero.The AKC CAR Canine Support and Releief Fund was created to help search and rescue organizations throughout the U.S.Click to view a short video honoring the heroic dogs of 9-11 by AKC President and CEO, Dennis Sprung

Remember, and never forget all who acted in heroic ways to help others. I am proud to be an American and proud to know that there are heroes around us everyday. I remember those who lost loved ones, the children who lost parents and those who gave their lives to save others on 9-11! I celebrate my Nana and the birthday she is having.

I salute the heroes that were all around that day…

and who are still around us today!




One Comment to “Remembering”

  1. Avatar September 11th, 2011 at 8:18 am Reagan Says:

    I was sooo lucky to because my mom used to go into those towers at times but I know God didn’t let her go there that day and for the rest of her life.

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