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#BlogFlash2012: Day Nineteen – Fireworks
In late-September 2001, Dave and I flew to Florence to visit our daughter Natalie. She was there for a semester abroad. She’d left home just a few days before the attacks and, with strict no-fly dictates, had been left stranded and terrified in a strange city far from home. When we arrived, the streets were lined with armed militia and signs in shop windows displayed the U.S. colors and declared support.
One night, after leaving the opera, as we walked back to our hotel, fireworks shot up over the Arno. For twenty minutes, we stood on the Ponte Vecchio, watching the gorgeously artful show. It was not a feast day, and no one we asked, that night or the next day, could tell us why the fireworks had gone off. For three U.S. travelers, dazed and grief-stricken by the horrific events of 9/11, the beauty and wonder of those unexpected fireworks offered a welcome and deeply needed sense of connection.
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OMG! How frightening and emotional that must have been for you all, especially your daughter. I can understand how seeing the fireworks gave you all the connection to home. A very moving post, Terri. Thanks for sharing it with us all.
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Oh, what a striking memory. Being here at home during those first days and weeks was terrible enough – I cannot imagine how terrifying it was far from home …
My link for the day is here: http://www.sweetbananaink.com/2012/08/19/blog-fla…
My daughter leaves for Scotland in two weeks for her semester abroad. The thought of her being scared so far from home…ay, let's not go there!!
Fireworks set off memories for me.
How frightening a time in history, let alone being so far away from home. What a wonderful moment of connection though for you and your family.
Here is my take on today's prompt:
I flew in September 2001 also. The plane was under 1/2 full and everyone was silent, each with their own row or a single seatmate. Upon landing we were all much friendlier to one another, joking about survival.
Fireworks are overrated to my mind. If you are not in a front row seat they loose too much. I'm of the opinion that in order to be good entertainment something should be able to be enjoyed from all the way to the last row, figuratively.
Wow, that would have been so hard. Interesting that no one was able to tell you why there were fireworks but I'm glad they were able to bring you some comfort.
Fascinating memory for your post today Terri…
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Um, this would be the right day's link… sorry http://www.thelastkrystallos.blogspot.co.uk/2012/…
You paint such a picture with this response, Terri. What a frightening yet beautiful moment.
Here's my short Twitter Fiction response to today's prompt:
My day 19: http://stevenpaul-ashviper.blogspot.com/2012/08/b…
Very good post Terri.
I remember that terrible day in September well. The breaking news on UK television. The world hasn't been the same since.
Thanks for sharing that beautiful memory.
My boss and his family were in Las Vegas for a conference and couldn't fly home…ended up buying a new car so they could get home…
I still don't think I've been able to write about what 9/11 did to me. Still figuring it out.
Maybe now I like to write about the apocalypse and explosions, but I think I did before also.
What a moving piece, Terri. I can't imagine how scared you guys must have been for your daughter. But what comfort to see the support. Sorry I didn't get my posts up this weekend. I've combined 2 days into this one post. http://candylittle.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/339/
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Thank you, Carlie – it was a very moving experience. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures in your post!
I'm so glad we were with Natalie afterward. I think it would have been so much harder if we hadn't been able to do that later in the month. Thank you for the link, Ruth!
Oh good luck to your daughter, Julie! I'm sure she'll have a wonderful experience! Thank you for the link!
I just feel very fortunate that we were all able to get together soon after! Thank you so much for the link – I loved your 'Fireworks' piece!
That must have been so frightening, Heidi! I'm so pleased your journey was a safe one!
Thank you so much, Angela!
Thank you so much, Lisa! I had no idea how you would use 'Fireworks' but you've used the prompt brilliantly!
Thank you so much! I love the idea of Twitter Fiction, but I'm not sure I could tell a story in under 140 characters the way you have!
What a vivid memory to have! I've never had one quite like it.
I tried not to use this prompt in the cliche. Hope it worked well! http://dreaming-of-stories.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08…
It worked brilliantly! Thank you so much for sharing!
That's true, David. Thank you for the link!
You're welcome, Elisabeth! Thank you for the link!
How frightening for them! Thank goodness they were able to get a car!
Thank you so much for the link, Eighty Six!
Here's my day 19 entry: http://christinakrieger.com/2012/08/20/blogflash-…
Thanks Christina! I wonder if these will be the fireworks I'm hoping for…
Thanks for the link, Candy – I love that you've combined the two!
That's a beautiful memory you have there Terri, I'm always fascinated with any fireworks! The 20th of August is national holiday in Hungary (where I'm originally from) so I've shared some photos about that: http://word2live.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/day-19-…
I'm sure she'll love Scotland, everybody loves it there, they're so very laidback and funny! Not to mention the accent :)