Monday, September 11, 2006

5 years ago...I remember

I remember waking up. I had decided to sleep in since my son, our fourth child, was born 12:30 am, Sept. 11, 2001. I got home around 2:30 am and couldn't sleep. The adrenaline from watching a baby be born was still in my vains. Finally I dozed off.

Up the next morning, I don't know what time. Time at that point wasn't important for me. I had the day off from work, I was going straight to the hospital to see my wife and new son. The rest of my kids were with their grandma and grandpa.

As I drive to the hospital, I casually flip the radio on to break the silence. What is this? Where's the music? Is this a joke?

I couldn't figure out what was going on, all I could think of was when they did a War of the Worlds radio presentation way back when...and everybody thought it was real. Certainly this could not be real. The things they were saying...unbelievable.

I got to the hospital and as I made my way back to the birthing center, I could tell something was wrong. Every waiting room I walked by had groups of people huddled around the television. Finally, I decided to stop and see what they were looking at. Unbelievable.

I stood and watched replays of a jet flying into a building. As the details came out through the broadcast, I didn't know what to think. No one was really talking, just watching. And then I remembered why I was even at the hospital...a new baby.

I finally arrived a the door to my wife's room and as I opened it, I wondered if she knew what was going on. As I came around the corner, I figured she didn't. There she was, sitting up in bed. The curtains were drawn and the sun was shining down on her and Caedmon, my new son. I tell you, it was angelic. I walked over to her and shut the outside world out, and focused on the little bundle of wrinkles and grunts. He had no idea the world he was born into.

He's starting to learn now at the age of 5.

I got up this morning and celebrated a son's 5th birthday. But in the back of my mind, I was replaying that day 5 years ago.

So how about you? Post your "I remember" and tell us what you were doing that morning.


At 9/11/2006 10:14 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Hey Nate. I was teaching at that time. I was pregnant with Ethan (almost done w/first trimester). My kids had P.E. or music or something, so I spent that whole time up in the libaray watching the news with some of the other teachers and high school students. I saw one of the towers collapse.

It was really hard to go back to the classroom and carry on "as normal" with my second graders. I didn't discuss it with them, they had no clue. The next day of school, however, they had a lot to talk about.

Later that day I found out that Caedmon had been born! I think I called mom to talk to her about the attacks. I wanted me, Eric, and Owen to drive there that evening right away, but we were scared. We didn't know what was going on, hearing about gas prices shooting through the roof, maybe traffic would be chaotic, etc. No one really knew what to expect, hearing that "we were at war." We were advised to just stay home and not make the drive.

There is something really special about Caedmon's birthday being on 9/11. It brightens the whole thing for me. I remember what happened, but then I think, "But the sunshine comes in that day, knowing it is Caedmon's birthday!"

Happy Birthday, little buddy!!!!
We love you lots!!!!

At 9/11/2006 1:04 PM, Blogger Lynn said...

This is great! It seems like Caedmon is your grace!
Your story is as relevent as anyone elses.
In 20 years Caedmon's story will remind us if we are stretching to remember

At 9/11/2006 1:16 PM, Blogger Q-Tip said...

I remember it well also. You called us in the night to tell us that you had a new son. We decided to go to the hospital at 0700 to see the new baby and then to work. We went to the hospital. I was on my way to work and I called Matoo to tell her the wonderful news. She kept talking about something happening on TV, but she didn't make much sense. (you know matoo) I got angry with her and told her that I was trying to tell her about my new grandson and that if TV was more important, then she could call me later. When I got to work, the whole office was talking about it. I called her back and apologized. should have had my radio on. I had a noon meeting that day and I went in and asked everyone at the conference table if they heard what happened that morning....they looked at me as if I were crazy and then I said "Yep, my new grandson was born and his name is Caedmon!!" Everyone laughed and congratulated me. I also got a kick out of Tyler and Noelle going to school and not remembering his name....Tyler thought it was Jason and I think Noelle thought it was Dennis.

At 9/11/2006 9:31 PM, Blogger my bathroom is my sanctuary said...

Neat post

At 9/12/2006 12:38 PM, Blogger meLanie said...

you know nothing could compare to your story, what an awesome little guy that you have!

At 10/03/2006 7:57 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

They see me front lawn...they think I'm just too...

COME ON NATE! You said you'd post about it....


At 10/03/2006 7:58 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Oh Nate! One more thing...did you see that discovery channel is having a contest of who can make the best parody of one of their shows!!! I could see you and Luke doing a parody of Myth Busters...but maybe you two don't even watch that show...

At 10/04/2006 2:42 PM, Blogger Q-Tip said...

I don't even know what this is about, but as usual,normal and always.....I agree with Andrea!!!!



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