I had been telling my family we'd have time and would likely be ready for a visit by September. In normal fashion, I waited until September to get online and book a ticket. It was around 6 or 6:30am. The kids were playing nicely; I logged on to the computer but when I tried to price a flight, I saw the message informing me that, in light of recent events, all flights were suspended until further notice. I remember looking out the window, up at the clear, Alaska sky and wondering what could have happened. My imagination took off and I pictured a few horrible scenarios.
I turned on the television. Nothing I had imagined came close to what I saw.
I am thankful for my gift of procrastination. In August, 2007, I looked at the calendar, checked our schedules and thought that we would be ready to travel by September 11. While it took a bit longer to actually get on a plane and visit my family, I am glad that I waited until that fateful day to attempt to book our flight.
May God be with the families who lost loved ones seven years ago today.