Monday, September 11th, 2011 was my first day on my new job as an assistant sales associate at the Hampton Inn in Lionville, Pennsylvania.
As I sat down at my desk, waiting for Linda, the sales director to show me how to block rooms on the computer, Kathy, our breakfast hostess came up to the front desk and said "A plane just hit on of the towers of the World Trade Center!" She saw this on the TV that was on in the lobby where she was serving breakfast to the hotel guests.
Someone said "Turn on the TV." We had a TV in the back office where I was seated, awaiting the beginning of my training. My first response was one of annoyance, because here was yet another delay in learning my new job.
I sat at my desk waiting for Linda, while everyone else in the back office was looking up at the TV which was located in the corner of the ceiling of the back office. Some of the comments were:
- "What could have happened?"
- "Do you think a small plane hit the tower?"
- "How stupid that someone could fly right into one of those towers."
- "Do you think they're be able to put out THAT fire?"
Make every day count. Today could be your last.