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September 29th Will Live On In Me

 

It seems so mundane at times when you hear or see people talk about life in general and how plain or dull it is. I find myself at times praying for that but would balk at the thought and just laugh it off. If I could only show them the things I have seen or have survived and the spiritual affects that seem to replay itself on certain times of the year is truly scary. I will relay to you all one instance and I hope you find the heart to feel the inspiration I felt to tell this story.

Due to my job, I have been nicknamed Dracula or Vampire by friends and family but I have found it to just "be". I figured its my schedule and so I am not going to cry about the hours. I put in work I truly. Do.

September 28th 2009 was like any other night. Punching logs and signing off on the earlier shifts work when our private line rings and it was my boss saying that I had to attend an emergency Emergency Response Team meeting for the media. One of my colleagues would meet me at the Op center. I signed out and made my way over to the Center which was about a 15 minute drive from our office. I pull up and he was already there and looked at the time. 2 A.M. "Man I hope this doesn't take all morning " I say in a sarcastic tone to my co worker and he nods in agreement. We had been talking about fifteen to twenty minutes when the rest of the media response teams arrived and the meeting began. The meeting lasted for about two hours. My coworker and I make our way to our cars and say our farewells and I head home.

I live about forty five minutes to an hour away so I got home as the sun was barely making its rays pierce the dark blanket of the night sky. I was so beat. I had no intention of waking up when I usually do (which was about 7 or 8 A.M). I run straight up to my room throw off my work bag and clothes and jump into bed in my boxers and thoughts of sleep and getting lost in its mysteries was all I longed for. My head hit the pillow and there was never a second thought.

My body is being shaken by a force I can seem to see. Am I dreaming? Wait, open your eyes. OPEN THEM NOW!... My mind is screaming at me as I force my eyes open. As they clear up and I can make out that no one was standing at the foot of my bed yet the whole room was shaking like I have never seen in my life. My windows vibrating like twenty inch subs were right outside my window and just humming. While my floor is waving like the ocean about fifty yards away from my house. I jumped out of bed once I realized that it was an earthquake and ran to find the first solid cement beam of the house and hid under it. I was calling out frantically to my family to see if they were alright and found relief when I heard them call out. The earthquake lasted about 3 three minutes.

About ten to fifteen minutes later the first of two waves that hit my village (other villages were hit with three). Gathering family and neighbors and moving them to safety was more than just challenge that day but I was relieved to know no one I cared about was hurt or lost due to this natural disaster.

A year later...

It started around the holidays that year. I had many but I want to share this one with you.

We lost about one hundred and plus people due to the tsunami. My island lost about thirty people. Stories have been floating around of the mother and daughter who were swept up in their car and never seen again. It was not until the rubble cleared were they found and it was so heart wrenching to witness the teams and family members tear and cry for their loved ones.

Or the story of the woman who was walking her daughter to the bus and lost her daughter only to save other kids swept in by the wave and never be seen again.

These two incidents have had the most witnesses to see these individuals.

My experience is with the first.

I had just gotten off of work and was heading home. My mind was clear and the night was beautiful with a beautiful full moon. I must have a been about two weeks until Christmas when this happened.

I hadn't noticed but I was alone on the road. I found that weird as it was a work day. But I didn't let it bother me as I loved the feeling of freedom. It wasn't long when I had the feeling urgency and importance creep up inside of me. So my eyes got wider and my heart started to beat slower as things around me started to slow down. I cannot explain it. It felt like I had entered a different space or plane yet everything was the same. I noticed a small sedan that was now in front of my truck. I didn't see it there before nor did I see it pull onto the road. It was just there.

As we entered the next village it was like watching a toy being thrown by a two year old throwing a temper tantrum. The sedan went sailing in the air and disappeared. Like it wasn't there. I started to brake but found that my truck felt like it was on auto pilot. I saw buildings that were rebuilt looking like they did the day of the tsunami and people with scars and broken limbs crawling and reaching for help but couldn't be seen or heard. It lasted about five six minutes. The last thing I remember is a little girl who I saw prior to seeing the sedan literally fly off the road; who was looking out the back window. Her face lifeless and sad.

I slammed on the brakes. I couldn't believe what I had just seen. The people who died in this particular village and the little girl and her mom who was driving the sedan whom perished that day also. When I asked a person from that village about the car and they described exactly what I seen. The car being lifted about eight to ten feet in the air and then disappearing in the waves as it continued its way inward. The villager also said that she saw the little girl looking out the back of the car and crying out for help as the car flipped and disappeared.

This was two years ago. Last year, it was a woman who looked like the driver looking for her child. She would just come up to people dressed in rags asking if anyone had seen her daughter. I also happened to see her and she looked like the mother of the girl who was driving. (as the car was being totaled by the wave, the little girl was thrown from the vehicle and no one knows what happened after. She was found more than a mile away from where her mother was found. She; the mother; was still strapped in to her sedan and her clothes had been shredded by broken glass and debris.)

It's funny because its that time of year again and I wonder if I will experience another episode. I hope that I do. All I know is that, surviving hurricanes, floods, tsunamis has left its eternal mark not only on the island but on my memory.

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Trybal_Knyte (6 stories) (37 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-12-03)
Redwolf,

I am not exactly sure to what specific thing you are asking about but I will try to separate everything.

You say the date the Tsunami hit your IslandIs September 29. Is this a different Tsunami from the one that hit on December 26?

Yes is it. This tsunami hit American Samoa. It was between 7 and 8 A.M. About 10 - 15 minutes after the earthquake.

I am also confused about the woman and her little girl in the sedan. First you say that they were both found after debris was cleared and family and others cried over their loss.

Yes, the village they were found in was in complete chaos and carnage as people were also looting stores and other homes. The mother was found still strapped in to the sedan she was driving. Her daughter, whom many people saw during the whole ordeal was no longer in the back of the sedan. So when her father and brother arrived and they searched. It took them almost half the day because after her poor body was thrown from the sedan, she was either held down or part of her school uniform had gotten stuck to a freight container that the tsunami had washed upon the street. She was found under debris that was lodged on the under side of that container.

Then you say 2 years ago you were on your way home from work being the only car on the road. Then suddenly there is a sedan in front of you, you don't 8know where it came from and in a village you see the car rise on a wave then dissappear? Nobody knows what happened to the little girl then you say her body was found a mile away from where her mother was found?

I hope that the paragraph above explains the first part of this question. Like I mentioned, many people saw the sedan and the passengers (mom driving and daughter in back) yet when the sedan was found, the little girl was gone.

As for what I had witnessed a year after the tsunami. I am not the only one this has happened to. Many people, credible or not, have either witnessed or experienced like what I can only call replay of certain events. For example, I saw the sedan. Many residents of the same village hear screams. A friend of mine who lives about 100 yards from where more than five bodies were found, says that he can the old ladies who were weaving mats in the building what was completely washed away still there and just as soon as he saw them, they faded like watching someone blowing cigarette smoke. Or the Korean Couple who owned their little food stand in the park. Residents can sometimes smell the food although the stand is no longer there.

I am a bit confused about the girl being found a mile away from her mother. Was this a different sedan from the first?

No it was the same one.

Then last year you say you saw a woman walking up to people asking if they have seen her daughter. She looked like the driver of the car. Were people able to see her?

Yes. She was seen in churches, in stores. On the street. I saw here as I was in a grocery store and when she asked me if I saw her daughter. I brushed it off at first because of how she was dressed. It was when I felt a jolt shoot through me that I realized who I had just seen and spoken to. As I turned to see where she had gone, she was gone.

I ask this because you said the year before there were people laying on the ground reaching out for hep but nobody could see them.

This was part of me seeing what I had on the night I was driving home.

At the end that you hope you see something this year. Why would you want to relive such a horrific tragedy every year? I don't understand this at all.

I guess it is because I feel connected to this event. I survived it and was lucky enough to come away from it unscathed and my family and friends unharmed. But I also felt the loss many of the families and villages felt because we are such a tight knit island community. For me I feel it is a way for me to see what happened or experience the realness of it. I am not sure.

You might ask aren't you afraid? No I am not. I can accept there things that cannot simply be explained or defined. I am comfortable knowing that there is still many things that are unknown.

I hope I helped Redwolf. I will try to accommodate your questions as best I can. Have a great week.
RedWolf (28 stories) (1246 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-12-01)
Trybal_Knyte
Sorry but this is a continuation of my last comment.
I am a bit confused about the girl being found a mile away from her mother. Was this a different sedan from the first? Then last year you say you saw a woman walking up to people asking if they have seen her daughter. She looked like the driver of the car. Were people able to see her? I ask this because you said the year before there were people laying on the ground reaching out for hep but nobody could see them.
At the end that you hope you see something this year. Why would you want to relive such a horrific tragedy every year? I don't understand this at all.
RedWolf (28 stories) (1246 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-12-01)
Trybal_Knyte
I have a question for you. You say the date the Tsunami hit your Island
Is September 29. Is this a different Tsunami from the one that hit on December 26 (2005 or 2006? I can't remember which year)? I ask this
Because I do not remember hearing about another Tsunami as devestating as that one.
I am also confused about the woman and her little girl in the sedan. First you say that they were both found after debris was cleared and family and others cried over their loss. Then you say 2 years ago you were on your way home from work being the only car on the road. Then suddenly there is a sedan in front of you, you don't 8know where it came from and in a village you see the car rise on a wave then dissappear? Nobody knows what happened to the little girl then you say her body was found a mile away from where her mother was found?
Trybal_Knyte (6 stories) (37 posts)
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5 years ago (2012-11-29)
Thank you all for the feedback. Its very interesting because it seems like around the anniversary of the tsunami and the holidays is when many people begin to report stories of seeing people who do not seem"right" is the closest translation I can make. Doing things or looking for someone.

I am touched by the comments. Been working very hard on the writing side. I am very humbled by your comments.

Have a great week and a very joyous, safe and prosperous holiday season.
Shlain (13 stories) (246 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-11-28)
Very dramatic. Very well thought out and written. Great memory.

Thanks for sharing
KristinaK (1 stories) (6 posts)
+1
5 years ago (2012-11-27)
I really enjoyed reading this story because of all the detail you used, What tragedy for all those people there and you for having to witness it. I hope all the lost souls will somehow lay to rest but never be forgotten. You and the people of your island are very brave.
kayla-bowdo (2 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-11-27)
Wow this experience is certainly one of a kind indeed! Recounting of your experiences is an excellent ability to wintness for yourself! 😁
Nelli9x (1 stories) (8 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-11-27)
wow. I have heard many, many stories of tragedies reoccurring over and over... Never heard one recounted by a witness. I wish they could rest peacefully...
faith17 (3 stories) (29 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-11-27)
wow that is pretty cool but very sad. I love how you paint a picture with your story. It was easy to follow along. No confusion
Unexplained (2 stories) (110 posts)
 
5 years ago (2012-11-27)
Great recounting of your experiences. I have a relative currently working in Thailand who has read about some taxi drivers encountering ghosts along the coast where the tsunami hit there.

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