I remember

9114People everywhere are remembering the day our world changed. On that fateful day 12 years ago I remember exactly where I was.

At the time I was working in a call center for a cell phone company. We hadn’t heard much when I received a call from a woman whose phone automatically transferred her to my department. The woman on the phone that day was frantic. She was a stewardess for United Airlines. She was trying to reach her friends and co-workers. She was supposed to be on one of those planes.

Twelve years later I don’t remember her name but I’ll never forget her voice.

Shortly thereafter we received word that if we wanted to leave work we could go and not face any attendance infractions. 21-month-old MiniMe was in daycare and 7-year-old Beauty was in her second grade class at school. I chose to leave. I knew there was nothing I could do and thankfully I didn’t personally know anyone who was killed that day but I needed to gather my children close and keep them as safe as I knew how. I picked up the girls and we went home. Thankfully they were young enough that they didn’t understand at the time what was going on. I struggled to answer Beauty’s questions in a way that she would understand.

Twelve years later they have learned to live in our post 9/11 world.

I have relatives who have served in the military and a nephew who is a civilian firefighter in Afghanistan. There’s a local family who lost a son a few years ago. We live in a small community and the day he was brought home everything stopped. The motorcade from the airport to the high school gym where his memorial service was held was one of the most amazingly heart wrenching things I’ve ever experienced. Beauty and I were on the freeway and every overpass was filled with people. The fence along side the freeway was filled with flags.  Cars pulled over to the side of the road to show respect for this fallen soldier who was one of our own. I was one of those cars.

I am thankful every day for the men and women in uniform who work so hard to make sure that our world is safe. Whether it’s a military uniform or our firefighters, EMTs, police and sheriffs, all of them are working together to make sure that we in this country are safe.

For this, I thank you.

My response to the Daily Prompt

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For the last umm… a lot of years… I have lived in the Pacific Northwest. When I made my epic trip I would tell people I was from Washington and they would obviously think I was from our nations capital. Uh, not even close. When most people think of Washington they think of things like

rain 2

and

Rain, rain go away

Rain, rain go away

and probably stuff like

Space Needle

Space Needle

and I’m sure things like

This

This

and

Definitely this!

Definitely this!

The reality is so much different where I live. I was challenged by a friend today to take pictures when I was on my lunch break. This is what reality looks like in my neck of the woods…

Our local museum. This building used to be the unemployment office then sat empty for a long time. I haven't been inside but I drive by it every day.

Our local museum. This building used to be the unemployment office then sat empty for a long time. I haven’t been inside but I drive by it every day.

and

This mural is on the wall of the back of a building that houses a bail bonds place. Not sure who painted it or when but it's pretty cool and it faces the lot where I park for work.

This mural is on the wall of the back of a building that houses a bail bonds place. Not sure who painted it or when but it’s pretty cool and it faces the lot where I park for work.

Even places like this

One of my first memories when we moved here is going to breakfast at this place with my parents.

One of my first memories when we moved here is going to breakfast at this place with my parents.

and

I remember when this was the local PepsiCo bottling company. It's named after the local bottling company.

I remember when this was the local PepsiCo bottling company.

I’ve decided that I want to take more pictures of this area so I can show just how beautiful things really are around here. If you had to describe the area you live with pictures what kinds of things would you show?