New Dad! "This isn't Sports Center" 

Date Submitted: 9/11/2018
Author Info: Mando (New Braunfels, TX, US - USA) 
Occupation: Consulting 
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No 
Knew someone who perished?: No 

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On 9/11/01 I was a brand new 24 year old Daddy! My son was born 8/16/01 and my wife and I were just trying to figure out this parenting thing. My wife and I were still in college. That morning I woke up to get ready to get to class and I did what I always do, turn on the TV and pop on Sports Center while I get dressed. When the TV came on there were no highlights of the events the night before, only an image of 2 buildings and one was smoking. I remember thinking "what the hell is wrong with ESPN?". After flipping through some channels I realized everyone was reporting on one of the towers that was on fire. I finished getting dressed, gave my wife and son a kiss goodbye and headed to class. I asked my wife to keep me posted on what happened. I stopped at the corner store for some gas and that's when my wife called me. Second plane just hit and there was real fear in her voice. I jumped in my car headed home. I gave my wife a kiss held my son and we spent the day in horror watching the events unfold on TV. I will never forget that day. I remember small details so clearly. I talk to my son about it every year on 9/11. I tell him that he was just a baby when this happened. How there was a sense of chaos on TV and even in the streets thousands of miles away. I tell him how his mom and dad were just 2 scared kids trying to get this adult thing figured out when this happened. Then I give him a hug and appreciate every minute I have had with my family since then. To all those that died that day I pray they are at peace. To those that lost someone that day, my prayers go out to you and yours. 


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Those who die innocent deaths never really die. They are everywhere; we just don't see them in quite the same way. And the culmination of what they were and what their death meant is as prevalent and tangible as the warmth in your soul and the sorrow in your heart.

Imran (story excerpt)


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