REMEMBERING A LOST FRIEND OF 9/11
TO MY FRIEND LINDA
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN by b. Malin
I hope that we haven't forgotten the people that lost their lives during the horrors of 9/11.
I remember it was such a beautiful, sunny, September morning. I was on my way to work, running late, as usual, crossing over one of many bridges that are connections on the Jersey Shore. The D.J. on the radio was saying someone just called the show that one of the "Twin Towers" in New York City had been hit by a plane. He thought it was a "joke", and hung up on the guy whom he would later publicly apologize to. Then the second "Tower" was hit....and people were jumping and dying. Hell came to New York City that day.
So many people lost their lives that day just going to work, to do their job, to make a living. Linda was one of them...this is dedicated to her and all of them, as well as those who came to help and didn't make it home.
LINDA by b. Malin
She came to my wedding, her sister and she. And caught the bouquet, and looked so beautiful. She became surrounded by the single men who were caught up in her laughing blue eyes and smile. So full of life was she.
She gave us a Pyrex Dish to make meatloaf in. It was white with pretty blue flowers. That dish survived so many moves over the years as well as tears....
We, the sisters and I, lost track of one another...you don't want it to happen, but somehow it does. She was younger, still single, trying to find out what she wanted to be. We had moved to the Jersey Shore.
I heard, through mutual friends that Linda had moved to New York City. Got a "great Job", something in accounting and was working in one of the "Twin Towers" that reached to the sky so way up high with a view, a breathtaking view.
So Manhattan, Manhattan was Linda's home with lots of wonderful places to roam. I didn't know it then, but I was about to lose a dear friend. One that was never going to make new friends and relationships, marry, have a family, or get back in touch with with me. In this hectic world of ours, we always think that we have the time to reconnect, that is my loss.
This job, in the "Twin Towers", this wonderful job would become her tomb...for only ashes were ever found. She is gone along with so many other wonderful, beautiful people, who died way before their time. Because they were there, just doing their jobs....trying to make a living.
Innocent children died as well...may they all rest in peace, and know that they will always be loved and missed, as we wonder what they could have contributed to our world, if they had been allowed to grow up and live.
Silently say a Prayer today for those who are no longer here. by b. Malin