Five years ago we lived here in Arkansas. We had no idea we would have lived in Alabama, then back to Arkansas five years later. We had no idea that we would have two handsome boys. We had no idea what the future had in store for us...
I remember where I was when I heard about the attack. I remember seeing the smoke come out of the World Trade Center as I sat on my couch. Jenn had already left for work at OFSC. I remember talking to my good friend Shaun while he was stuck in Nashville traffic. We were discussing whether it was an accident or terrorism. I was still on the phone with Shaun when the second plane went into the second tower... At that point, we knew the USA was under attack.
Moments later, my text pager said "ALL NEWS STAFF TO THE STATION IMMEDIATELY". That was the start of a very long and sad day. I wasn't a weatherman that day, I was a news man. To be honest, nobody cared about the forecast. I'm not sure I cared about the forecast for several days either.
I can remember coming home that night and standing in the living room... holding my wife... crying... wondering what life would be like from that point forward. Could we bring kids into this messed up world? Was this the start of the end? There were so many questions mixed with so much sadness. The future seemed very dark and shaky.
Here we are 5 years later. We have been blessed with two fine boys. We have moved around a little and gained some great friendships. Overall, life is very good. The country has healed, but it still has scars.
Despite those scars, people in this country question whether we should be fighting this war on terror. Heck, there are days when I question it... BUT, when I think back exactly 5 years from this day... I realize that we are fighting for a good reason.
My brother-in-law will be returning to the USA from Iraq in one month. I assume he will be off of the battlefield within the next couple of weeks to transition home. I'm proud of him. I'm thankful for all of the guys and gals over there that are fighting the people that laughed at the USA, 5 years ago.
God Bless our country and God Bless our soldiers.