On the eve of ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Kim Adams shares how romance novels have been a comfort to her while her husband has been overseas fighting in the war against terror.
This weekend, Americans will reflect upon an event that defined our decade and our future. On that fateful day, I was living in Florida with our children while my husband was working in Japan. We watched in horror as the second plane crashed into the World Trade Center.
But America picked itself up, brushed off the dirt, and went back to work. We mourned the deaths of innocent families and resolved to protect our freedom. The terrorists did not deter America.
One month later, my husband came home for scheduled leave. We attended the Air Force/Navy football game in Annapolis. As the National Anthem was played, a formation of older Navy aircraft flew over the stadium. The older aircraft meant that the newer aircraft were otherwise engaged. The retaliatory strikes began the next day.
One year later, we moved to the Netherlands. My husband worked for NATO and coordinated the deployment of multinational troops to Afghanistan for security assistance. As part of community outreach, NATO personnel asked the international spouses to collect items for Afghan orphanages. I shipped the items donated by the American community except for the paperback books with English text.