07-13-2017 - Reaching Out, Sharing A 9-11 Story...
Reaching Out, Sharing A 9-11 Story
Barbara "Bobbi" Arestegui '80
"It's rare to have situations with strangers that knock the wind out of you.
A woman stood next to me with long pieces of paper and a giant chalk. She put the paper over this name and then slid the chalk back and forth to get the impression of it onto the paper.
It was windy so I held down the other side. She asked if I could take a picture with her phone. And then a video. She did this with 3 sheets of paper.
Hesitantly I said, "you must've known her"
"We Called her Bobbi. I grew up with her. She was a flight attendant in first class. She was filling in for someone that was sick that day. The terrorist slit her throat before the plane hit the building. So for what it's worth she didn't experience that."
I think when we think of 9/11 - we think of it in its entirety but not of the individuals and their friends or family.
I'll forever and ever regret not hugging this woman. There are few and far between situations where I've been so emotionally overcome that I've had to sit down.
This is one of them.
Rest in paradise, "Bobbi".
I can only hope this post reaches the woman that shared this story with me." ~ Ashley Bravick, One World Trade Center