9/11: A Mother’s Perspective

There are significant days in American history that stand out more than others.  In my life, September 11, 2001 is one of those fateful days.

That Tuesday morning began as all our family’s days would, with the clock radio playing and the snooze button being pushed for those precious extra few minutes.

However, that morning I heard the radio team talking about a “building on fire” and the source of the incident wasn’t yet known.  I asked my husband to turn on the television to see what was happening.

We watched together as the second airplane hit the Twin Tower in New York.

We were in shock and kept questioning each other what we were actually seeing because it just didn’t make sense.  The day began to move in slow motion as my husband and I watched the towers fall to the ground.

My heart immediately broke for all the families whose lives were changed forever.

I was 5 months pregnant with our second child at the time and I worried for the wives and mothers who might also have been pregnant.   I grieved not only for them but also for their children, born and unborn.  As our four-year-old daughter slept in her room, I couldn’t imagine having to tell her that daddy’s plane had crashed into a building.

As personal stories from victim’s families began emerging, Lisa Beamer’s story touched me most.  Maybe it was because she was also 5 months pregnant but I completely identified with her.  I tried to put myself in her place and couldn’t imagine being as strong as she was in the public eye.  Like me, she had young children at home and we both would ultimately deliver our babies within the first weeks of January. I wondered how any of these mothers could make it through such a devastatingly horrible time.

So for me, September 11 had the deepest and most profound effect on me as a mother.  And as a wife, whose husband traveled, it made me realize that quite possibly from this point in time on I might face a similar situation.  Something as easy and “normal” as air travel was now on the top of the list for dangerous activities.

I have always deeply loved my husband and children, but to see so vividly the loss we all experienced on September 11, 2001 has made life a bit more real and much more precious ever since.

Arizona PolitiChick Tina Drake is a wife and mother, who earned a degree in Communication from the University of Arizona, where her love for politics grew during college.  Tina is a contributing blogger to Girlfriends at Central.




Tina Drake

Arizona PolitiChick Tina Drake has been teaching and mentoring Junior High and High School students, in churches where she has been active, since her time as a college student, over twenty-five years ago. Tina believes politics and religion can, and should, be discussed together. She says she is a lifelong follower of Christ and believer in the true significance of God's power in each and everyone's life and she believes in the absolute need for God and Christ to be honored and included in the decisions made for our country. Tina continues to mentor students in this age group, along with her husband, multiple times each week. She believes that encouraging people, especially students, to see the need for a relationship with God and Jesus Christ in their everyday life, is an absolute need in her life. Tina volunteers weekly in her children's school, allowing her to witness how today's students are learning and developing in their social, educational, political and spiritual beliefs. Witnessing how students experience life, during the timeframe of Junior High through College, is immensely important to Tina. She believes this age group needs to be mentored, so they will have the tools with which to navigate today's societal pressures to live life without God, rather than with Him. Tina has also been a teacher to women in churches, teaching small groups, as well as speaking to large groups on a variety of spiritual topics. In addition to Spiritual Formation, Tina has been actively following and discussing the many facets of politics. Tina is a graduate of the University of Arizona, having earned a degree in Communication and a minor in Political Science. After college, she worked in the field of Advertising and Marketing, specializing in Media Buying and Planning, as well as directing entire Marketing and Sales departments. She has been a writer for PolitiChicks.com since 2012 and says she enjoys the opportunity to encourage Americans to live out their faith in Jesus Christ, while they stand firm on the principles set forth by our forefathers in their political beliefs.

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