September 11th, 2001, a day we will all remember here in America and around the world. I was sitting on a plane at the Baltimore/Washington airport waiting to fly to New England through New York air space when we were all asked to disembark the plane and to go home. That day, 2,996 people would lose their lives.
I remember reading about the final calls being made to spouses and loved ones. Over 1,000 phone calls were made within ten minutes of the first plane hitting the first tower and thousands more made thereafter. These would be calls in which the two parties would never speak again on this side of heaven. While we can’t predict our death, some of the persons in those two towers and planes had an opportunity to share some last words.
These were the final words from a stewardess, “Hi baby. I’m, baby…you have to listen to me carefully. I’m on a plane that’s been hijacked…I want to tell you that I love you…please tell the children…I’m sorry.” Another, “The only thoughts I have are of Nicholas, Ian and you. I am terrified. I needed to tell you that I truly love you.” And then there was this one, “It’s not looking good. I want you to know I absolutely love you. I want you to do good, have good times…I just totally love you…goodbye, babe.”
As I look at the anniversary of a very sad day, I can’t help but think about final words. What would I say in a last phone call? What would I tell my wife? Perhaps that question is a good exercise for today while we’re alive and well.
If you had one last call, fearing a close end, what would you say to your spouse or your loved one? Please say it now, don’t wait.