In Loving Memory

20 years ago, so many of us remember exactly what we were doing and where we were when we heard about the attack on the World Trade Center. My oldest son was the person who alerted me to what was going on. He was working at Comast and was on the phone with a customer when she told him that they just had a breaking news story that a plane had just hit one of the WTC towers. He tried searching for info but wasn’t able to find anything so he called me. I did the same thing, tried to search the internet but everything was just bogged down. As we started getting bits and pieces of the news, it was soon evident that something very wrong had happened. We sat in disbelief and felt the horror as that morning unfolded and we saw those towers collapse as well the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 in PA. Needless to say, the workday came to a complete halt. My company opened up the executive conference room and had the live broadcast going and many of us were in there watching. I know I was just completely numb and couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing. I was in that conference room when the 2nd tower collapsed and will never, ever forget it. Everyone in that room gasped and many just burst into tears. We were told to go home and be with our families. The drive home felt surreal, and I remember feeling so helpless. My heart ached for the lives that were lost and for their friends and families because their world would never be the same. I didn’t know what to do, but I felt compelled to create something in memory of the horrific events that occurred on 9/11.

I had been a Stampin’ UP! demonstrator for only 4 yrs. at that point. I decided to create pins in memory of those we lost. I handed them out to co-workers the next day. The photo shows one of those pins. To my surprise, one of my co-workers posted this picture yesterday. I had been looking for my own pin but couldn’t find it, so I was absolutely floored when I saw her post. I reached out to ask if I could borrow her picture and she said of course. She then told me that the pin had sat on her desk at work for the last 19 yrs (she retired last year). And I can’t tell you how good that made me feel. It’s a little worse for wear, but the message is still clear. Never doubt the impact you can make with ink, paper, and stamps ❤️.

Thanks to my friend, Faye Gross-Jones for sharing this picture with me, I’m honored that you still have the pin.

Toni Campana sig cta

4 thoughts on “In Loving Memory”

  1. I will never forget. No was teaching 4th graders and was stuck at school most of the day. It was all I could do to get my baby from daycare and get home and just hold her and watch in horror. It feels just like yesterday.

    • That’s very sweet of you, Regina <3. It felt like a very small thing to do, I just knew I had to acknowledge it somehow. And to know it meant that much to someone else for them to keep it on display for 19 years was just so heartwarming for me.


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