FC: For Aunt Chelsea | -Marley Neville | IN LOVING MEMORY OF Chelsea Simon Jan. 23 1976- Sept. 11, 2001
1: In loving memory of Aunt Chelsea
2: Aunt Chelsea's wedding day
3: May 21, 1997: Today was Aunt Chelsea's special day. Today she became the wife of Ryan Simon, who she met while she and my mother were vacationing in Florida. The wedding started this morning around 10 a.m. and the reception party finished about 10 p.m. Aunt Chelsea asked me to be her flower girl when she told me about the engagement. Even though i had never seen a flower girl that was eleven, I said yes. She had also asked my mother to be her maid of honor because they were sisters. Aunt Chelsea and Uncle Ryan's wedding was a huge roman catholic wedding. My mother and father surprised them by giving them a trip to Spain for their honeymoon. Aunt Chelsea was so excited she started crying.
4: Our church
5: September 9, 2001: Today my whole family went to church. Our priest preached about the bible and final judgment day. There were a few people today that were baptized. After church, my family and I went to breakfast with some friends from church like we do every Sunday. My family was very happy today for some reason that isn't clear to me. After breakfast everyone went their separate ways. This afternoon, Aunt Chelsea took me shopping because it was her first day off in a month and she wanted to spend it doing something fun. We got back home about eight o'clock tonight and we are exhausted.
6: September 11th
7: September 11, 2001: Today was the worst day in history. The twin towers in New York City, where I live, were hit by airplanes that were hijacked by Muslim terrorists. Everyone is still in panic, everyone in my family is crying and I don't know what to do. I am so scared. Aunt Chelsea works in the South Tower of the Trade Center. Aunt Chelsea never came home or came in contact with us. Now, I'm not sure what has happened to her, both towers have collapsed and she works on the seventeenth floor. We are all praying that she is perfectly fine.
9: September 12,2001: It's 12:05 in the morning and the policemen just left. They were still looking through the scraps of the attack and found her body. They found Aunt Chelsea. They thought she was hit in the head with a piece of the ceiling as she was trying to escape. They founds her on what they thought was the first floor behind a table. She was so close to being safe, only 50 feet from the door and she never made it. She never made it home and she never will make it home. I will always love my Aunt Chelsea.
10: Aunt Chelsea's funeral | IN LOVING MEMORY OF Chelsea Simon Jan. 23 1976- Sept. 11, 2001
11: September 14. 2001: Today was her funeral. We had a long funeral but I didn't stay for it. I left when everyone got up for communion. Her casket was closed because of her own personal wishes. That was one of her few wished from us when she passed away. My mother tried to say something about her sister but she couldn't. she couldn't say anything with out crying. I miss her too much and I couldn't be there anymore I had to leave. I didn't want to bear the loss anymore.
12: first day back to school
13: September 17, 2001: I went back to school today. Nothing happened what so ever. Everyone came up to me and told me that they were sorry for my loss. None of the teacher gave any work to do because there were so many kids crying and going back home. I cried today and I really wanted to go home, but I knew that I had to continue with my life because Aunt Chelsea had her's ended.
14: Jimmy's party
15: September 21, 2001: Jimmy Valentine had a party today. I didn't really want to go but I knew my friend wanted to and she wouldn't go with out me. So I went with her. When we got to his house he saw this big group of people around three white boys and a Muslim boy. I heard yelling so I ran over to them and saw that they were fighting. I immediately stopped the fight and yelled at Jimmy for letting this happen. I then walked the Muslim boy home. I knew him from school but I didn't know his name so I asked and he said his name was Rob. I knew why they were all fighting but I didn't want to bring it up so we walked together in silence. When we got to his house he told me that he had absolutely nothing to do with the attacks and not all Muslims did. I told him that I didn't blame him and then I walked home. Seeing this happen made me realize that only some people were to blame for the attacks and not all Muslims.
16: Aunt Chelsea's birthday
17: June 23, 2002: Today was Aunt Chelsea's birthday. She would have been 26 and I am 15. After school I went home and I thought about everything that has happened. I gave forgiveness to the Muslim religion and I realized that I wasn't the only person that was hurt by the terrorist attack. Earlier tonight we went out to the beach and let balloons go because she loved the beach and balloons were her symbol of happiness. I know now that not everything was about my loss, but about our country's loss.