Friday, September 11, 2009

Day Is Done

It is raining here in Southern New England, windy, raw and dark and I love it. I am so content on days like this. The sky promises nothing and everything, the air turns upside down with flavors of cold rain and tossed leaves, the ground is soggy and the sounds, oh the glorious sounds - heaven made.

I recall this day, 8 years ago - everything changed that day. My son was just a mile from the Towers - his first year at NYU - he could not call me for days because the cellphone towers were down as were most all other phone lines. I watched and listened and prayed and cried in earnest. Now please don't throw tomatoes at me for this next secret told. I wrote to George Bush - I told him I thought that he was like a Father protecting all his children. I felt that for a time - I swear I did. My son finally called - his accounting of the "City" post 9-11 was haunting, raw, honest, loving, hopeful, - he expressed human kind in spectacular ways - and said the hardest part for him was the pictures people showed him of their loved ones they were searching for - He volunteered at Bellvue - no one came.

Take a moment or two to listen to the words to this song. Thanks my friends.




Love Gail
peace.....

26 comments:

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

I love such days, too…although here along the river today, it is bright with sun and warm, still more summery than autumnish.

Hard to believe it has been only eight years since America and the world as we once knew it ended forever. Those pre-9/11 times are like a lost dream.

Think or say what you will about then President Bush, but on that day and those following 9/11, he held America up, cried with us and then helped dry the tears from our eyes, gave us back our pride, made the country feel safe and worthy, and caused us believe that we still had a future. Your feelings were the same as we all had because he was a good and protective father. Your heart knew…

I'm so glad your son came through okay. It must have been a terrible and frantic time for you, though, as his mother and not being able to hear from him and know he was safe. And maybe for him, too, knowing how worried we must be and not being able to let you know he was okay.

Diana said...

Hi Gail,
I can't even imagine what you went through while waiting to hear from your son. And the relief you must have felt when he called, I just can't even imagine. Thank God that he is alive.
I can understand why you liked that song Gail. And am so sorry for all of that fear and anxiety you had to go through.
I do agree with your choice of days! Those are my favorites too!
Love Di

Gail said...

Hi Diana-

It was frantic for sure. And the relief? Immeasurable. :-)
He remains my "best reporter" of that time - his vantage point is authentic and raw -

Love you
Gail
peace.....

Choices said...

9/11 is always a day to remember. It must have been so hard for you during that time when you did not hear from your son. I am glad that you son was okay.I am sure you had a huge sigh of relief.
Take care, Gail.

Gail said...

Hi Grizz-

SO glad you agree aboutmy feelings about President Bush during that time. We had written and recorded a song titled "Talking About America" and we sent it to him along with a letter of thanks. :-)

And yes, he was as concerned about my worries as I was for his safety.
Thanks Grizz for your insight and true heart.

Love Gail
peace......

I will go to the previous post to reply to your other comment.

Gail said...

HI ANNE -

A huge sigh of relief for sure!! phew. :-)

So nice to see you.

Love Gail
peace......

Wanda said...

Maybe we all love such days as you speak of because they bring us together "inside"...we in younger days with our parents and then with our own children...the memory of warmth from the cold and dampness either by fire and blanket or warm food and touch...and being with people that we love and who love us.

911 was a horrendous day for all but even more so for many...glad your son was safe Gail.

Wanda

Gail said...

HI WANDA -

You are So right about the memories of cozy inside fun with comfort food and candles, toasty fires and creative projects and snuggling, hot tea or cocoa and steaming soups. It is all so wonderful to recall.

You are so 'real' and such a creator of memories - I feel it in every walk, every meal or dessert you so deliciously crate and share with your loved one's.

Love to you
Gail
peace......

Eileen said...

I never liked days like this, but today it feels so right.

Love the song, I always have.

I felt sick not hearing from my kids for just a few hours, I can't imagine the 'not knowing' for days.

And I know what you mean too about his first-hand reports. We have friends and relatives that are firefighters, police officers, emergency workers, volunteers, it actually got to be all too much for some of them. They now suffer 'post traumatic stress'.

I felt/feel exactly the same way about George Bush. God gave us who we needed at that time.
I never did grow to hate him as so many others did.

Thanks for sharing your memories/feelings.
Love, Eileen

Gail said...

HI EILEEN -

"Thank you" for all your validation and understanding. My son has PTSD too - if he hears a low flying plane he 'ducks'.....
And yes, like you and Grizz both said - George Bush was exactly what our country needed.
Have a lovely weeked

Love Gail
peace.....

Wonderingsoul said...

Hi Gail,
Yes... Such beauty in the darkness of that end of summer rain... I love what Wanda said about the 'togetherness' of days like that. It's like they read a secret code somewhere deep inside us...

I was off work that fatal day when the twin towers came down but I will never, ever, ever forget the shock and the horror of seeing it on the TV here in UK.

I'm so glad your son was ok... I do remember Bushs' speeches and his reactions and I remember being impressef by his sincerity and his honesty.

Gail said...

HI WONDERINGSOUL

So nice to see you here and may I add that you sound wonderful this evening. :-)

And yes - the end of summer rain......nature knows what we need, ey??

And it is SO nice to hear how those across the pond were affected by 9-11.

I will see you soon, here or at yourplace.

Love Gail
peace.....

Bernie said...

It was a day we all remember, and I am so sorry for what you must of gone threw not knowing if your son was safe or not....Thank God he was.
I love those kind of days, being inside, cozy, warmed by the fireplace, just being inside and feeling safe....:-) Hugs

Gail said...

HI BERNIE -

Always so nice when you stop by. -) I am thrilled by the cool weather and the rain today - I had chicken vegetable soup with noodles!!

My son and I spoke throughout the day today - somethings are forever.

Love to you
Gail
peace.....

a corgi said...

sounds like a wonderful day with the rain and coolness in the air; we are still sweltering in So. Calif so to read of refreshing temps brings hope to us that one day it will be our turn

I wrote Mr. Bush the holiday he went to visit the troops in Iraq after the war had begun (can't remember the exact year, but I was so proud of him for going there supporting the troops); I'm not much of a political person, I don't follow a lot on the news and sometimes have narrow minded views. But one thing God opened my eyes about and I had to say "I'm sorry Lord" about was I rarely ever prayed for Mr. Bush during his presidency. I found myself (for different reasons) praying lots more for our present president even before he was sworn in. Imagine if those who criticized him would have prayed for Bush; what would our country be like now?

betty

cinner said...

Hi Gail, so sorry you had to go through the agony waiting to hear from your son. I remember being glued to the T.V. almost in shock.The whole world changed that day, I thing each and everyone of us changed too. My prayers are with you and your sun....Big hug, especially today. Your friend, c

Gail said...

HI CINNER-

Thanks for your understanding -

My son and I spoke throughout the day yesterday - he stayed busy with work and then close friends later on.

His memory is vivid - sigh.......

Have a great weekend
Love to you
Gail
peace......

Gail said...

HI BETTY-

I was glad to read that you wrote to Pres. Bush too. :-) And that is a good question to ponder about the prayers, or lack-there-of.

And I am not a real political person either - I just kinda know what feels right.

So nice to see you.

Love Gail
peace.....

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

"The sky promises nothing and everything..." Shortly after 9/11 and in response to a young student's question "WHY" so these thoughts...

With wonder man would cast his sight
Upon many a bird in distant flight
So man without wings took to the sky
So proud was he now to defy
The earth bound existence of his day
Little did he know what would come his way
Little did he know what would come his way...

Blessings and love,
Rose Marie

Gail said...

OH Rose Marie-

I just filled with emotion and my tears overflowed - your words so purposeful - you with such loving honest depth and wisdom. am humbled by you.

Love and admiration
Gail
peace.....

TheChicGeek said...

Hi Gail :D
Thank you for such a beautiful and heartfelt post. It is hard to believe that eight years have passed since that terrible day. I'm so glad that your son came through okay. You are a wonderful woman for posting this and your song is perfect for the occasion.

Thank you, Gail.

PS: Also thank you for coming to visit me at my blog and following! I am so happy to meet you. I look forward to visiting you again!

Have a Happy Day!

Gail said...

HI CHIC -

I am so glad you stopped by. :-) And glad you enjoyed this post. If you want a re-cap of my blog my 100th post is just that, hi-lites, re-cap. It will give you a condensed flavor of me!! :-)

I look forward to us getting to know one another.

Love Gail
peace.....

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

A very early morning hour, taking this time of quietude to catch up with posting. Saw your comments on Mark's blog and wanted to extend an extra HUG...
(Humanity-Understanding-Good) for all you so lovingly and generously express.

Gratitude and praise,
Rose Marie

Jenn Jilks said...

Certainly a day worth marking. It profoundly changed North America. Thanks for adding your name to those admitting to blogging and being over age 50! I added you in the blog roll.

Gail said...

HI JENN -

Thanks for stopping by and letting me know that it is official, I am over 50 and am part of a blog roll to prove it!! :-)

Love Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

ROSE MARIE -

your beautiful words melted my heart this lovely Sunday morn. To be praised by you is so amazing to me - and quite humbling.

love to you Rose Marie
Gail
peace.....