That morning I was getting my youngest ready for school and had CNN on as usual. I remember hearing the tone of the news person’s voice change to fear. After all, they were in New York too. I was in total shock. I could not believe what I was seeing. What a day.
What struck me as even more unbelievable were the stories I heard about those directly involved. Here are two that made me realize how small this world is.
The first story I heard was of two friends who were going to fly to Los Angeles for vacation. One of them was taking her young daughter. I believe she was about 8. When they went to purchase the tickets, there were only a couple of seats left on one of the flights and because of business scheduling; the friend would go on the later flight. They decided to fly that way instead of postponing their trip.
That morning, the mother and daughter boarded the plane and took off for L.A. The friend boarded her flight about a half hour later and that flight took off. What happened next is something the whole world is aware of. These flights were connected in a very tragic way. One plane carrying the mother and daughter hit one tower and the plane carrying their friend hit the other. What were the odds that would happen? Of all the flights the terrorists could have hijacked……
The other story that sticks out in my mind was the story of a father and son. The father worked, and still does, at the Pentagon. He had taken the day off because his son would be boarding a plane for a school trip to San Diego. After he saw his son off on the plane, he hit the links for a few rounds of golf. He had just teed off that morning when he received a call from someone at the Pentagon asking him to return to work. There had been a terrible event. It wasn’t until he arrived that he found out a plane had hit the Pentagon. It hit the wing that he worked in and he would have been killed had he been at work. No one in his office survived. Not long after that he found out that the plane that hit the Pentagon was the plane that carried his son.
When I hear stories like this I know we live in a very small world. What are the chances that any of this would have happened? Were they people singled out in some sort of karmic way? Were they part of a bigger picture? I don’t know, but I do know that we should all be thankful for every day we have.