Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 11th: An Incidental Memory

Hard to believe it's been 15 years since something faithfully changed our souls and our minds --and our sense of security and confidence, in what it means to be an American.  Everybody's got a story about where they were as the day unfolded.. Including me. But this is not it.  

This is a recollection from about two months later...

Half a year before terrorists crashed jetliners into New York's World Trade Center, two men identified as among the hijackers rented a single engine plane and took practice flights at a small suburban Atlanta airport. I'd relocated to Atlanta in August 2001 to live with a friend who got the grand house in her divorce settlement. In November 2001, I paid a deposit on a bungalow in that small suburban Atlanta community, then found out before the ink was dry on my lease - that the hijackers had lived in that very house, and FBI had not long finished their rounds through the place. Hearing this from the owner herself, I asked for my deposit back. She refused. I called my bank in Texas to stop payment on the check. Me, my daughter, in the 2nd grade at the time, and her cat, Tiger, never moved in.  And I would never get to the Windows On The World restaurant on the top two floors (106 & 107) of the North Tower. 

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