Many of you have heard my story: 8 years ago Aug 28th, my first daughter K was born. On Sept 1, 2001 we were both discharged from the hospital, and I went to my home and she went to her adoptive family. The adoption took place in GA. For those not familiar with GA adoptions, there is a 10 day rescind period for the birthparents. If the 10th day falls on a weekend or holiday, it goes to the next business day. My 10th day fell on a Sunday, so my last day fell to Monday, Sept 10, 2001.
Obviously, I did not rescind my decision. While I was sad and wished K was with me, I knew we were both better for it. The next morning at 8am, my mom called me from NC and said "Turn on the TV!" I turned on the tv and of course saw the towers fall. I died that day. I not only lost several family members in NYC, I had lost a daughter. I was a crumpled mess on the floor.
Now, 8 years later as I reflect on the events, I truly tell myself that things happen for a reason. I know the events were horrible, and I feel for anyone who lost friends and family on those planes, in the Towers, and Pentagon. If the attacks had happened on Sept 10th, I would have been on the phone to the agency right then and told them I changed my mind. But the attacks happened one day later, simply 8 hours after my recind period ended. Things happen for a reason, and I know that Sept 11th happened when it did so that I could do what I needed to do and we could both be better for it.