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One Moment In Time
By Livvie Matthews

September 11, 2002 will mark the first anniversary of September 11, 2001. We all have memories that come rushing back to that eventful day and that exact moment, myself included.

My daughter, Stacey, was in NYC that day. It was her first trip to NY, she had been there 5 days and was to board the airplane at 6:30 the evening of September 11 returning home to Charlotte, NC. It didn't happen that way.

She was about 30 blocks away from the WTC when all this took place and didn't know anything had happened! They heard a lot of sirens, but she said that wasn't anything unusual in NYC, but what she couldn't understand was why her cell phone wasn't working...inside or outside, as she tried to retrieve the message she had on the phone.

The message she was trying to retrieve was my message trying desperately to locate her and make sure she was all right. I knew in Charlotte, NC before she knew, 30 blocks away from the WTC .... what had happened!

From Tuesday morning until Friday morning, when they left NY in the wee hours of the morning in a rented car, were very difficult hours.

Stacey and her friend who lives in Florida, arrived home Friday evening around 6:30 PM, changed forever.

She still has problems with the fact she was having a good time, laughing, joking, not a care in the world...and people around her were experiencing all the horrors that were only 30 blocks away!

Stacey doesn't think she has a problem with flying (she has flown once since then), but she has a big problem with once she arrives where she is going, she won't be able to return home. Her fear is being stranded again.

God, who is the Great Physician and Healer, in His infinite wisdom has allowed time to be a great healer for all, however, time doesn't heal all wounds and "time" can be a long time. It always bothers me when I hear someone say, "Time will take care of it"...Or "In time, you will see things differently".

I know both of those statements are true, but what do you do from "time" now....until "time" then...when it is "taken care of"? That is the difficult "time."

We are so blessed! Our loved one returned unharmed (for the most part) from the eventful day a year ago, many people were not so fortunate.

Stacey is scheduled to return to NYC next week. She and her friend plan to visit "Ground Zero" for some 'closure' to the events. This within itself is going to be a major undertaking.

As we view the memorial programs and read the articles related to September 11, 2001, please take a moment or two and remember those families and individuals whose lives were forever changed by...... one moment in time.

Copyright (c) 2002 Livvie Matthews http://www.bizybodies.com

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