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July 25 | Where were you...
Whenever people talk about historic or life altering events it seems like they always talk about where they were...Alan Jackson sings a song about the tragic events of 9/11 that has a totally different effect on me. The first line of the song is "Where were you when the world stopped turning that September Day?" I always think of Melissa. September 22, 2002 was a Sunday and I had baked a shoo-fly cake and some anadama bread and Rodney and I were having Sunday dinner with friends. Where were you when the world stopped turning that September Day?
please note: the dates for all comments posted before january 8, 2004 are incorrect.
i was out and about with damon, dana, beth, and bridger that afternoon. dinner probably at food factory. we had rented fun and fancy free; bridger and i went home to grab the dog before watching the movie.
Obviously I was with Valette. We were having a very relaxing, casual time hanging out with the group. Dana, Beth, and I walked into our place and the phone rang almost immediately. John gave me the horrific news. The weight of it didn't really hit until I told Valette who arrived shortly after. I was so glad that God had me with my friends group when this happened. We were all a great support to each other.
As Valette mentioned, we were planning to watch Fun & Fancy Free that night. I don't think that I can ever watch that movie now. The course of my life veered dramatically that night. Watching that movie would feel like resuming things as if Melissa never died.
That's what I think about when I hear that song too. Everyone knows where I was that day... and I heard the Harley and I heard the sirens and I knew something happened... but I couldn't do anything about it and that makes me feel terrible...
We were here in Kentucky when the phone rang, it was Barbie Jackson. She told me to sit down, so I did. She then told me the news, I told my kids. The tears fell like rain for the next few days. Gideon wrote a poem in her memory.
Her picture(on our refrigerator is a gentle reminder of a loving girl who we hold dear to our hearts.
I was just getting ready to take a nap. I was just about comatous when the phone rang, I ignored the first few rings but then for no reason at all I was litterally shaken by the shoulders, as if to wake up. I was home alone, I answered and grandma told me the bad news. I didn't know what to do. I tried calling her cell, no answer. then I called Cabanas, because she was delivering products there. I told Dawn what happened and she told me Rodney and Jen were there and that my mom had already left. It has taken me a long time to be able to take a nap on a Sunday afternoon again.
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