A trip to remember was about to happen. For five months my daughter Pam and I were planning a two week trip to Paris, the French Riviera, Germany, along the Rhine, Belgium and back to Paris.
As a French major in college, it was a dream- come- true. Our plans had stays in a hotel just off the Champs Elysees, and in an ancient inn on a canal in Belgium. We were to experience the fast train to the Riviera and the piece de resistance was a $200 each dinner and show at the Folies Bergere on our last night.
The departure date of Tuesday September 18th was fast approaching, so I had started to lay my things on the twin bed in my room. Organization was vital for such a trip--- money had been deposited in an AAA account, plane fare paid, and all reservations made on line.
Just one week before, on Tuesday September 11th, the world was turned upside down. As I was watching the news that fatal morning, I saw the first plane crash into one of the twin towers. I was horrified that such an ACCIDENT had happened. Only minutes later, when another plane struck the second tower, did it dawn on me that these were not accidents. Confirmation that these were acts of terrorism came from news of the Pentagon crash and the aborted Pennsylvania attempt on the White House or Capitol.
It was not until the next day that the realization that our trip was off came to us. Where to begin? We e-mailed and canceled all reservations, and were given nothing but sympathy for our losses; plane fare was refunded within a month, AAA money returned.
The cancellation of our trip was nothing compared to the deaths of 3000 people from all walks of life and from many countries besides America. We feel the horror and heartache of 9/11 to this day.
For more thoughts on 9/11, follow this link to see what we wrote on the ten year anniversary.