This from one of our graduates, Linda “Sparky” Mortimer, in remembrance of 9/11/2001 . . .
Can’t believe it has been ten years since I came to the Natural Gourmet Institute for the Chef Training Program. I was on of the members of CTP 88. We were there when the towers got hit. Many of us saw it happen on the way to the school.
Most of us actually made it to class and even tried to sit through some actual presentation. But as the towers fell one by one, no one could focus on learning. We were concerned for the people in the city. We worried about those who hadn’t made it in. Teachers tried to get info. No phones. The city and our school shut down.
But many of us couldn’t get anywhere. We went outside to look and see all the rescue vehicles. We gazed on stunned faces, saw many heading to midtown covered in white chalky soot. They had been near there.
We saw big strong men weeping. We saw people praying. We witnessed a group, drinking and toasting life….fearful this was the end.
We went back to the second floor. We talked. We speculated. Some started to try to get to home. Others stayed for as long as we could.
Many moments stood out that day. Sue B. Took a bottle of mescal out of her desk and shared it. Hope let me sleep on her couch until I could travel. The meditation we did with Annemarie. The food we made to send to the firefighters.
The quiet of the city that was deafening. The parade of rescue vehicles. The photos of those missing that were plastered all over all the walls. The community spirit of New Yorkers all in it together. The after-threats and fear of war. The prayers and intention. The moving on and continuation of life. More learning. More cooking together.
Never forget . . . forever changed.
Grateful for The Natural Gourmet.