Alabama. Although the state is known for its hot, sweltering summer weather, even this heat and humidity was unusual.

Maybe that’s why the hummingbird had gone into the garage and become trapped at the top of the ceiling and remained there, although the doors were open. Possibly the little creature was looking for nectar as it was attracted to the artificial flowers arranged in the garage.

But, for me, it awakened a memory from 18 years ago – Sept. 11, 2001 – when my daughter, Candy, telephoned me at work. There was no preliminary chitchat as she anxiously exclaimed, “Dad, the boys and I took Mark (her husband) to O’Hare this morning to catch an early flight to Boston.”

Normally, this would not create much concern except this was Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, and the World Trade Center had been attacked by terrorists as two commercial airplanes were hijacked from Boston and purposely flown into the twin towers of New York.

For more on this story please pick up Wednesday’s Tribune or purchase an e-edition.

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