The £7.99 Cake.
The £7.99 Cake.
At last, I was ready and my young kids and I were just about to leave the house.... I was running late, as usual and my two Toddlers age two and three, Meghan and Ben was just about to leave the house, to visit my friend’s six day old Son Adam, when something caught my eye on the TV! This was not what I had been watching, as we always leave our TV on even if we are not in the room or in the house! It was a tall building that was on fire, I stopped a moment and realized it was breaking news; it seemed like it was a tragic accident an aeroplane had crashed into it, it caught my attention and I stood ridged to the spot, no one on the TV seem to know what was happening I rang my friend Irene and asked her if she had her TV on, she replied “Yes” I told her I was afraid and now didn’t want to visit her or her young Son Adam, I just wanted to watch what was unfolding in front of my eyes on the TV she said she wanted to do the same, and that we would meet up another day. I continued watching and as I looked, to my horror another plane crashed into the other tall building!!!!!! So it wasn’t an accident, America was under a terrorist attack! That’s what they were saying on the TV.
I wondered how many had perished when the planes crashed into the two tall buildings, I’d never heard of the Twin Towers until I saw it on TV that day. Then as I watched the unthinkable happened, one of the Twin Towers collapsed to the ground!!!! It was like nothing I had seen, on Earth. It was beyond awful. How many people has just past from this Life? It was shocking; I don’t know what my Kids were doing as I just kept watching the TV (I knew they were safe in the house) there was no kids programme for them that day, as I kept watching, it was unreal then what no one could have predicted happened, the other Tower fell to Earth too! My heart shock with fear, I had no one to talk to as my Husband Paul was at work...
A group of people I had never heard of, the Taliban and their leader was named as a possible culprits and what religion they belong to.
There was speculation the death toll was in the thousands!!!!
Paul later came home after work and we watched the TV together. Then Paul and the children went to bed I watched until 1am and went to bed grateful that those on the plane had not known what had happened. I wondered how many had perished...
The following morning I put the TV on and found out that all those on the planes know they were going to die! I had to turn off the TV was I was going to be sick! I put the kids programme on, they were happy I wanted to try and get some normality. I went to Town and I saw a Muslim Woman all I could see was her eyes, all the rest of her was totally covered up, in black, I hated her! I looked her in the eyes and I blamed her!!! My eyes said it all! The poor woman looked at me too her eyes were red with tears and fear!
The whole world was talking about it, there was nothing else in the news, nothing!
A few days later, a man who looked like the leader of the attack on the Twin Towers was shot dead! He was a totally innocent man at work.
For me one of my favourite stories that has come out of this, was the lady who was coming down the stairs slowly and four men helped her, then when she was too unwell, her legs could not go on and she told them to leave her (boy did some of them want to) but they decided to stay and help her, can I just add, there is no way on this Earth I would have helped her, I would have got the hell out of there and thought of myself!!! But they stayed with her while many others ran past them! Then the building collapsed on top of them! Those above them died and those who had ran past the five of them perished too! WOW what sort of a fate is THAT! What logic! Others ran to their deaths to save their lives, while they had walked slowly, helping a woman and lived!
Yet others lived for they were late for work, missing the bus ....
Meghan had said for months she wanted a Barbie Cake for her 3rd Birthday! Was she mad? It cost £7.99 there was no way I was going to waste money on an £8 cake! When I could buy a £4 one, much bigger! Many, many months past and I picked up from the shelf, the Barbie cake and took it to the till and said to the Woman, “My Daughter wanted this cake for her Birthday and I told her no, it’s too expensive but since September 11th my Life was changed forever and all those lost, loved ones that day would gladly, if they could buy a cake for a mere £7.99 she agreed with me, that it was nothing in comparison.
In my view, September 11th forever should be a World day of mourning! I will always wear BLACK on that day! Maghan sent me a text today “Never forget September the 11th” I replied, “I wouldn’t” she told me after school today, that she had been waiting for the minute silence at school, I told her that was only for Remembrance Day! She was shocked.
I can’t believe today is 12 years since that day! Adam is 12 and my kids just a bit older. I feel bad that I was so mean to the lady, dress all in black with only her eyes showing, for on reflection she too was horrified at what she had seen on her TV, just like I had been! I feel ashamed about that!
Rest in Peace to all those of all religion and race, murdered that day, you will never be forgotten, NEVER!