Where Were You?
That question has been asked over and over again.
It is a day we remember vividly.
Or at least from the moment we heard.
” Oh No!”
“It Can’t Be Happening”
“Debbie, Turn On The TV! NOW!”
It had started out as a typical day for me.
I was at home with the 5 kids I normally had for the day. It was early in the morning. We were just beginning to have our first lesson of the day.
It never got done. I couldn’t even tell you what I had been planning. It doesn’t even matter.
I remember hearing voices outside the house. They got louder and louder.
People were yelling.
I lived in a nice and quiet neighborhood not far from Ft. Carson.
(Oh how I miss that house )
About the same time I heard something about “The tower “being hit and not knowing what they were talking about and turning on the TV , the phone rang…..It was one of the parents calling from the base.
“Be Prepared. You will be getting a number of kids anytime. The base has been closed and you are the only person I could think of to call. ”
I said ok…Still not having a clue as to the magnitude of what was happening, I watch the news On TV.
The reality hit me about the same time as the second tower was hit.
Our Country was under attack.
My next thought was Oh Bobby, I wish you were here.
I tried to call but couldn’t get through.
I tried and tried to get through.
I started getting kids being dropped off.
Names and information quickly given.
I didn’t know these kids and they didn’t know me.
There parent’s were Army parent’s who had planned on taking their kids to the Army Daycare. Everything was shut down.
They were afraid of attacks on the base.
On NORAD which was only miles from where I lived.
I didn’t feel safe any more.
Hours dragged by.
I had kids to take care of. I also needed help.
I needed more food and supplies.
I had no idea how long they would be with me.
The morning went to afternoon.
It was a nightmare there.
They shut down traffic within a 10 mile radius of the base.
That meant….no one was getting in or out.
I had 17 kids. One of the neighbors came and helped.She didn’t have a TV and was glad to at least be able to hear what was going on.
Another lady went to King Sooper just down the road from us. She bought all sorts of snacks and treats for the kids. Vegetables and fruit. She was a life saver. Sandwich fixings. Drinks.
She wouldn’t allow me to reimburse her either.
No calls were going out or coming in.
I didn’t know where Bobby was.
We didn’t know what was going on in Our Area.
Then a miracle happened for me.
My son walked in the door.
He was safe.
He brought supplies.
I asked him how he got here.
“I walked” .