Nine Eleven

A wonderful day in 1999

It was truly a world away.  How things change in ten years.  We lived in San Antonio, having recently left beautiful Guam.  Gary was actually back on the island attending to some business.  I was in Portales staying with my grandparents for the week.  It was all part of the new routine of living “back in the states”.  Believe it or not, I was a day trader, and my days consisted of studying the markets, listening for tips, buying and selling.  I was completely connected at the hip to Wall Street.  Yes… a world away.

I got the bacon in the skillet and turned on the TV to see that a plane had just crashed into one of the towers.  I was so sad, knowing people had surely lost their lives.  And the thought that instantly came along with that one was that I’d need to sell everything as soon as the markets opened.  It would be a down day on Wall Street.

And then the morning unfolded… and you know exactly how we all felt and what we all went through in those dreadful hours.

A lot of money slipped through my fingers as a result of that day.  It was hard.  I was determined to not care.  So many people lost so much more.  So many lost everything.

It is part of the pattern of life… possibly more so if you run your own business.  You make money, you lose money.  You make money, you lose money.

So my 9-11 story always serves as a reminder to me that money is just here today and possibly gone tomorrow.  My heartbreak on that day was for America.  Financial matters became insignificant.  What mattered to me was that I was surrounded by the people I love and who love me.  And although my husband was on the opposite side of the globe, he was also safe.  May I always remember to treasure people… and keep money way down near the bottom of the ladder where it belongs.


8 Responses to “Nine Eleven”

  1. michelle pond says:

    This was different from some of the other 9/11 tributes I have read. Wonderful insights about family and money.

  2. Cindy Gallagher says:

    Thanks for sharing that Sandy.

  3. Marcea Clive says:

    We can all remember where we were. Sure helps us try to keep our priorities straight. God bless all the first responders today.

  4. Mary Anne says:

    I remember having to change my plans from a flight to Dallas to attend my father-in-laws funeral the next day to having to drive and arriving at 2:30 in the morning. We weren’t sure we could even make it driving. We didn’t know if we would be able to get gasoline, if there would be more attacks, etc. Even though we were there for a sad occasion, it was still good to be able to be with those family members we love so much. God Bless America!!!

  5. Janice says:

    Yes that’s the day I’ll never forget, we were fixing to ship cattle or in the process, My daughter Codie called me in tears wondering if I had the TV on. not at that moment, but later turned it on.. listening and wondering what was going on. All of a sudden another plane hit. then the announcers were really in confusion, and as me, I bet so was the whole world.. Needless to say we went out of the cattle business that day, the market bottomed out. we lost alot, but we still have each other and our lives.. God Bless those who don’t, and God Bless the one’s who have fought for our country…That day will never be forgotten, thanks Sandy for your write up.. Love what you’ve been doing.

  6. Barbara George says:

    love this post also! You know how to put in words what so many of us feel but can’t express. Love the blog! Mama George

  7. Kim says:

    Excellent reminder!

  8. Nancy says:

    I do believe that sums it up. There is always someone worse off than we are. I treasure friendships, family and wonderful memories of our loved ones who have gone on before us. After traveling to New York in December of 2001 and seeing the pain and suffering I felt very blessed to live in Portales New Mexico and the closeness we have here. We are truly a family in our own little town. And you are so right that money is not what’s important.

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