BLOG: What I’m NOT Going to Say About 9/11

I’m not going to bore you with my 9/11 story today. Oh, I had totally planned to and even wrote half of it yesterday. I think I called it Reporting 9/11, or something equally as stupid. I was all ready to go until I drove the girls to school this morning.
They saw all the flags stuck in yards around the neighborhood and asked what was going on. I told them it was 9/11 and my youngest said, “Does that mean we get free Slurpees today?”
No baby, that’s 7-Eleven Day. Don’t judge my kid because it’s not her fault. She simply didn’t know what happened or the gravity of the whole situation. I realized at that moment that I had to explain it to her, just so she wouldn’t make that kind of mistake again.
So I told she and her sister the whole terrible story, from the first plane to the clouds of ash. They sat quietly in the back seat and listened in absolute horror. My older girl knew the story but she heard details this time that had never been shared with her before.
By the time they got out of the car, their faces were white and sad and I felt like the World’s Biggest A-Hole for telling them. Did I do the right thing? It was important to me that they understood the importance of September 11th and never confused it with getting a free Slurpee again. That said, now they KNOW everything that happened on that day. It is bound to affect them, the way it has affected us all.
So I won’t be sharing my 9/11 story here today. Once was enough. Instead, I’m going to spend 9/11 enjoying the life I have been blessed with. I’m going to eat and play and go roll around on the floor with my cats. I’m going to pick my kids up from school, take them to the pool and laugh while they jump cannonballs. I’m going to drink booze, make-out with my husband and crawl into a big, soft bed at the end of the day, but make no mistake.
I too, will never forget.


  1. Julie,
    I have admired you since Dana McCann won the free lunch for our Accounts Payable group at Southwest Airlines. It was a wonderful experience and made a lasting impression of what wonderful people you and Tony and all your group was. I was really sad the the team broke up and moved on. Guess that is life. Radio is not the same for me since.
    I loved that you explain so many things to your girls and share the expierence with us all. You are a wonderful Mom and I know your kids love you so much and will be able to come to you with any/all their questions and problems as they grow up.(believe me there will be some you just want to just not have to answer, but I know you will. Bless you for telling your girls about 911, that truly would have embarassed them if they got it wrong. I tried to friend you on facebook to read all your great posts, but didn’t make it.
    Thanks for your great post and keep it up.

    1. Wow, thank you so much Juanelle! I can’t tell you how much that means to me. I remember that day (so much good food) & feel like I remember you too! I’m sad to not be on the air anymore & I miss Tony like crazy, but the extra time with my girls makes all the difference in the world. They’ll only be under my roof for a little while anyhow so I’m glad I get to spend some extra time with them. They seem to be enjoying it too, FOR NOW.
      I have a couple of Facebook pages and I try to keep one of them private for family and school stuff. I DO however have a public FB page that I post everything to as well. It’s at https://www.facebook.com/JulieHFisk00 so please find me there and again, THANK YOU SO MUCH! You’ll never know just how much everything you said means to me. 🙂

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