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Only God can give life
At 3:30 a.m., my wife's water broke. We went to the hospital, and while waiting for the delivery room to be prepared, a nurse told us a plane had slammed into one of the WTC buildings. We watched the news for a minute and assumed it was a terrible accident.
We went into the delivery room not really thinking about that plane. Abby was delivered at 8:48, about an hour after that first plane had hit. Jacob came two minutes later. Both were born by C-section and were perfectly healthy.
Upon our return to the recovery room, I called our families. My brother-in-law told me that the second tower was falling as we spoke.
Many people, when becoming parents for the first time, are hit with an enormous sense of responsibility that can come close to a panic attack.
For me, I wondered what kind of a world I had brought my kids into.
Since the births, many have expressed to me how sorry they are about our kids' birthday. I can truly say that I am glad they were born when they were.
As far as I'm concerned, God used the births of my kids, and countless others, to remind the world that He's in control, and that though the bad guys can kill, only God can give life.
Memory:Being torn between the joy of meeting my kids, and the enormity of knowing that I had brought them into a world where terrible things happen.
Affects:Unfortunately, I think that whatever positive effects the attacks have had on this country were temporary.