Sunday, 11 September 2011


10 years ago I was feeding my baby in front of the television when the channel had a newsflash. A plane had flown into one of the twin towers. I remember thinking "how is this possible?" As I watched the tower burn, another plane crashed into the second tower. All I could think as I sat there was "what are the odds of that? Did something happen to the flight paths?" It took a second or two to register that this was not an accident.

10 years ago my way of thinking was changed
10 years ago I mourned for so many people
10 years ago I sat numb, not being able to understand how this could happen in my world.
10 years ago I cried, as I still do today.

This event is impossible to forget. Lives changed forever even across the other side of the world. I remember that my good friend took me out to lunch the day after 9/11 for my birthday. We just sat unable to talk, we ate in silence as we both knew that if we spoke we would once again burst out crying.

Daniel was 4 when this act of terror happened, he was at kindy and it didn't matter how I tried to shelter him from 9/11, it was everywhere, on every channel, people talking, they even discussed it at kindy. I never wanted that to happen, he was upset enough just hearing it from others. He could sense how upset people were and he had nightmares thinking that the bad man was going to crash a plane into our home.

While I felt so incredibly sad and venerable, I made my first doll size quilt to be sent as an anonymous gesture to a family affected by 9/11.
These quilts were made by quilting groups hoping that the families receiving them would feel some small comfort in knowing that although we were on the other side of the world, we were thinking and praying for them.

Life goes on, the human spirit truely is amazing.


  1. The world really has not been the same since, has it.
    I wonder who received your lovely quilt? Did you ever find out?

    We will watch the TV progam tonight but rehashing it only makes me sad. Those poor people jumping or falling from the towers is so hard to watch.


  2. It doesn't seem like ten years is something that is always in our minds and we wonder what will be next. Just about every morning on the radio there is something else bad that has happened somewhere in the world. I worry for our children's future :(

    I will watch the TV tonight too if I can...

    I love your quilt and hope it brought some comfort to whoever received it.

  3. I don't know who received the quilt. I will be watching tonight but I too get very sad so I'm not sure how much I will watch.

  4. I know that feeling of holding your little one, and wondering what has become of the world. I sat aghast all day on 9/11. So scary and unbelievably sad. My sons birthday today, life goes on, good things happen on bad days. A terrible event for most days in the calendar if we look through history. How lovely that you made a quilt, I'm sure some love in the darkness of those days was appreciated.

  5. I am sure your beautiful quilt brought comfort to someone who needed it. It is hard to believe it was ten years ago. In some ways, it seems like it just happened yesterday.

  6. The lives of many were lost and my sadness turns to the victims in Iraq, if it weren't for 9/11 many would still be alive today.


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