One Tuesday Morning - 9-11
It has been 17 years and it seems like just yesterday! Do you still think about it? Where were you and what were you doing on that fateful Tuesday morning when for one day it seemed the world stopped turning? Were you on your way to work? Were you still curled up in your comfortable bed, waiting for the day to unfold? Maybe giving your kids breakfast as you had the news channel on? Driving in your car, listening to the radio, when the song you were listening to was interrupted by a news broadcast? Did you live in New York, when in the distance you could see the black smoke rising?
Maybe you were just sitting on your computer working on an internet business with your programmer while one window screen on the computer was open to a new chat room you discovered online! I still remember that morning like it was just yesterday, my kids were off to elementary school as I hadn’t started homeschooling them yet, and not one to listen to the news ever since the Oklahoma Bombing, and the Susan Smith case came into play years ago, not to mention the O.J Simpson Case!
Facebook was not invented yet, neither was Twitter, and all the other social medias! There were chat rooms, and messengers like ICQ and MSN Messenger! Two that I used quite frequently, I might add! I was in one of those chat rooms talking to a “good friend” I had made online name Megan, when all of a sudden she typed to me in ALL caps! “Turn on your TV! Watch the News!” It was shortly after 9:00 A.M at this point! I flicked on the TV, and saw a second plane hit the World Trade Center, which already had black smoke coming out of one side of it!
I swung back to the computer and asked her what happened, and her living in New York told me two planes hit the World Trade Center, and she could see what was going on clearly from her apartment! I sat in my arm chair after logging off the internet, and for the first time I can remember, I sat in one place all day watching the T.V! I couldn’t take my eyes off it, and didn’t even realize I was crying, until I noticed how dark the house was, and my husband walked in the door, pale faced, and he usually has darker skin! I had spent the day praying for the ones I didn’t know, and their families! I also wasn’t a prayer at the time!
Time slowly passed day by day, but even being Canadian, I was affected by this hard, and I couldn’t even imagine being American, never mind a New Yorker when this tragedy hit! I had just started working on the internet with someone from Alaska as my programmer! We took the internet by storm together, and he taught me so much! From HTML code, to PHP to creating flash websites and software! I paid for him to help program Stormpay (The New payment processor), where I bought shares in the company when it came out, and he helped me launch my signature program “Safelists Galore” when it came out, and my first MLM money program Safelists Galore Money Rush”, where I made hundreds with! He taught me how to create software to keep children safe online, and even though I was married, I loved him! Not like I love my husband! It was a friendship love! I learned so much from him, and no question I asked was “dumb” he told me, for that’s how I will learn! Soon, he started giving me more freedom with our projects, as he backed off for a bit! I figured I might have offended him somehow until he told me that he had to get posted in Afghanistan, and that day, I felt my heart drop! He told me not to worry, that he would be back! He said that he expected me to know by heart all he taught me, and when he got back, I should be able to teach him a few things! This was all done over ICQ! He left me his email address, and 2 weeks later, he was gone!
I never heard from my friend Dominique Kimbell ever again! Messages went unanswered, eventually, my emails I sent him bounced back! I went into mourning over all the senseless lost lives, but then one day, I got back on my feet and created program after program, and joined programs that were struggling, and I helped them out! I did what he would have done! I mentored others, but not a day goes by that I don’t think of him! I made really good money until I quit to home school my kids, and now I’m back in the saddle again, and if I listen real close I can still hear him say “Ask questions, as no question is a stupid question!” This post I wrote in honor of him, and all the others who lost their lives one Tuesday Morning in September for just doing what they do! People have put that day aside now, and moved on, but every now and then I remember, so this is to honor Americans everywhere, and especially the ones who live in New York! September 11th, 2001 is the day the world stood still!!