Saturday, September 11, 2010

Not a great day all the way around

Yesterday I was thinking about the 9th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. I remember that day very clearly. My husband was on a train headed to NYC and the train left the station in Morristown, NJ late and when the train got to Hoboken, NJ it was stopped. Everyone on the train wondered what happened, 9-11 attacks is what happened! My husband was suppose to be in that building and a train delay stopped him from being there thank GOD!!! I did not hear from him until 3:30 that afternoon, when he sent a fax from his office in Parsippany, NJ to the office I was working in that he was all right. I have never felt so much anxiety, fear, terror and just a very large group of emotions. When I got that fax, I was the happiest woman on earth!! There were many other families that did not get that wonderful news that their loved ones were just fine and would be home that night. I thank God every day for sparing my husband and I mourn the other 3,000+ people that lost their lives.

Today at one of the ceremonies Karen Carroll said these words:

"Let today never, ever be a national holiday. Let it not be a celebration," said Karen Carroll, who lost her brother, firefighter Thomas Kuveikis. "It's a day to be somber; it's a day to reflect on all those thousands of people that died for us in the United States."

I agree with her. I think we should be somber and we should reflect on all those thousand of people that died that day. Please say a prayer for all those lives that were lost and families whose lives will never be the same.

On another note and not that this is anywhere near as horrible as 9-11, I am going to share with you my awful morning. I was driving to my sock knitting class today listening to the radio which had a segment on 9-11, I was reflecting on the things the commentator was saying. I again was thanking God for sparing my husband and saying prayers for those who lost their lives when the gentlemen driving his truck in front of me slammed on his brakes due to road construction (which by the way there wasn't anything posted that there was road construction ahead and that 2 lanes would become 1!). I was driving my 2002 Toyota Rav4 which I tried to stop (I had a 1.5 car length distance between me and the truck ahead of me and I wasn't going fast) when my Rav4 would not stopped. I tried pumping the brakes, slamming on the brakes but the car sped up faster!! I slammed right into the back of the truck in front of me and his trailer hitch went right into the front of my vehicle! The radiator started smoking, fluids were dripping all over the road it was horrible!! After I composed myself I got out of my car and walked over to the man kneeling down looking at his bumper. He stood up and said to me, "you should have seen your face when you realized the car wouldn't stop, I felt so bad for you. I watched you try to stop the car and it just wouldn't stop." He called 911 for me and when the police came he told the policeman I tried to stop the vehicle but it was like the car had a mind of its own. I felt so bad that I slammed into the back of his truck. His truck had a few scratches but then we noticed the bumper was a little bumped out so he is going to have it looked at. I didn't get a ticket even though I slammed the guys truck. The policeman said I need to have the Rav4 checked out because it maybe something that has been misfunctioning on Toyota vehicles. I was never so scared in my entire life-I never had a car accident before in all the years I have been driving! I started shaking and when John came to pick me up I just wanted to cry but I held it in. What a horrible feeling having an accident is!

I am now having some aches and pains in my neck and my back. I have a horrible headache but that was stress induced because it is starting to go away. I guess I will be driving a rental car until they can fix the Rav4. I hope they can also find out why it wouldn't stop-I'll keep y'all posted on that front! I am just thanking that I wasn't hurt and the other driver wasn't either. Cars are fixable, people are not!

This has not been a good day all the way around! I hope everyone else is having a great one!!


Mary said...

Oh, Sherri, how frightening that must have been when your car wouldn't brake! I'm so glad you weren't more seriously hurt. I hope the aches, etc go away very soon.

I think Karen Carroll is right - Sept. 11 should never be a holiday. It will always be a somber day of remembrance for me. Thank God, John's train was delayed that day.

Angie said...

Sherri, OMG, are you ok? ! I am so sorry! I hope you feel better soon. And, I bet 9/11 has a special significance for you. How frightening, not knowing where your husband was. But thank God nothing happened to him. And I also agree with Ms. Carroll; this should never be a holiday. Take care, sweetie.

Bibliophile By the Sea said...

OMG...Sherri. Are you okay now? Another Toyota incident. Was your vehicle on the recall list?

How lucky for John on that terrible day (9) years ago today. We were on vacation in Las Vegas when we heard the news when we work up and turned on the TV.

Kay said...

Oh my goodness, Sherri. That is so scary. We have a Toyota Prius and worry about that happening, too. We bought our car just months before all that misery was in the news.

I agree about 9/11. It should be a somber day of remembrance. I hope it will also be a time that we can try to use to promote peace and understanding in the world so that such acts of hatred do not occur.

Lynne said...

Sherri - This must have been a terrible day for you. I'm so glad you weren't hurt.

I'm with the others about Ms. Carroll's comments - today should not be a holiday - it should be a day of remembrance. Unfortunately there are quite a lot of people who seem to have forgotten. In my neighborhood of 174 homes, I counted 2 houses other than mine with flags flying. We need to be honoring those who gave their lives on that horrible day.

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tinajo said...

I just wrote about 9-11 in a post yesterday - it´s one of those days I´ll always remember. I´m glad your hubby was OK.

So sorry about the accident, must have been awful! :-(

Donna said...

Oh my, Sherri. I'm glad you're ok. What a terrible experience. Hope your aches and pains go away soon.

9/11 will always be a somber day. Thank heavens your hubby was not in the bldg.


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

That had to be scary! I am so glad you are alright....

Nan said...

Oh, Sherri! Both days could have ended so very differently. Scary, scary. I haven't been fond of Toyotas since my daughter's accident in a Tacoma (which was totaled) going thirty mph around a corner. Thank God no one was hurt, but afterwards we read they were 'tippy.' I've never forgiven the salesman for not telling us when he knew it was for a new, young driver.

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My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!