September 11, 2006

In honor of Michael Trinidad

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Michael Trinidad was a mere 33 years old and working in telecommunications accounting at Cantor Fitzgerald in 2001. He was a resident on New York and had been most of his life. On September 11, 2001 when he headed to work this morning, he would have no idea that this day the United States would face a terrorist attack. These attacks equated with a magnitude that I think we still struggle to get our hands around. As a result of these attacks, of 9-11-2001, Mr. Trinidad would be confirmed dead at/in the World Trade Center building.

Michael Trinidad was previously married to Monique Padilla Ferrer. He was a loving father to his two children, Thea and Timothy. When Michael A. Trinidad and Monique Ferrer divorced three years prior to these attacks, they agreed to remain friends. Subsequently, Ms. Ferrer was granted custody of their two children, Thea, then 7, and Timothy, then 6, and it was understood that the children were "theirs" not "his" or "hers."

Every other Friday, Mr. Trinidad would come to pick up the children for the weekend. "He was like a big kid," Ms. Ferrer said. "He would take them to the park, play ball games, call them silly names and just act silly." The three also went apple picking in upstate New York and sun-bathing on the Jersey Shore.

After the first plane hit the trade center on Sept. 11, Mr. Trinidad, called Ms. Ferrer to say goodbye. " 'What goodbye?' I asked him. 'Are you going anywhere?' " Ms. Ferrer recalled asking him, unaware of the disaster.

" 'I love you, and I love the kids,' he said. 'I am not going to make it out.' Then he asked to talk to my husband," Ms. Ferrer said. "Michael asked my husband to be his children's father and love them for him."

Without personally knowing Michael Trinidad I can say that by his actions he loved his children and was a good man. He is also survived by a loving sister Betty, who misses him with each day that passes.

Though this post is only words from a mere stranger. I hope those affected by this tragedy will find comfort in words and know that their loved ones have not been forgotten. It has taken considerable time to go on with our lives and move forward. We all know this is a day we will never forget. The freedoms we have today will never be the same, as before these unneccessary terrorist attacks.

Each victim that day, gave their life and we shall not let a day pass with out acknowledging their lives. The American Flag waves in your honor today.

This video Fallen Embers is both poignant and powerful to watch. I was moved to tears while viewing. On the day of these attacks, we were all one. Feeling the same pain, when no spoken words could make this situation less painful. Together we stood and sobbed for our family, friends and country.

May all the victims memory live on in our hearts.

A fellow blogger left this website link in my comments. This is a live recording of Mrs. Ferrer

go here.

the above excerpts are from a Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 23, 2001


Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Amen. Very well done.

Here via Brat.

September 07, 2006 3:05 PM  
Blogger hotdrwife said...

Very well-done! I got choked up. I have a feeling I will be doing a lot more of that in the coming days ...

September 07, 2006 3:11 PM  
Blogger Jeri said...

nicely done, as heartwrenching as it is...remembering is important and I'm so glad you took the time to do a tribute...It's an amazing gesture on your part and even more so that this is a stranger...but no more...I think you will always remember Mr. Trinidad...

September 07, 2006 6:09 PM  
Blogger Miss Britt said...

GREAT post! I hope his family members are aware of this tribute.

September 07, 2006 7:53 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I came over from Maldita, Bratinells's blog but I would have stopped by anyhow :)

I have read so many of the tributes, but each time makes me just as sad as the last. Its truly amazing what one guy with an idea can accomplish with these tributes.

Have a great day!

September 08, 2006 6:17 AM  
Blogger Mon said...

That video was really touching. It does bring back the feeling of that day. We all were one. No one had to speak to know what we were each thinking.

September 08, 2006 7:16 AM  
Blogger Hothousemomma said...

I watched the movie Flight 93 last night on A&E. I think the wound is still to fresh. The movie was very painful to watch.

September 08, 2006 8:27 AM  
Blogger Porta's Cat said...

In regards to your 9/11 memorial:

September 08, 2006 10:54 AM  
Blogger Hothousemomma said... - thank you for the link

September 08, 2006 3:59 PM  
Blogger Tibbs said...


Like to invite you for a visit to the "OH HOW SOON WE FORGET" Website at

It is a support website for the Leaders of the Free World and our Military. It has a lot of interesting information on it plus a Forum where you can also have your say concerning matters on this.

Thanking you for your time, hoping that you will come for a visit, and would be honoured if you would have time to sign the Guestbook in support.

Would also be great if you could forward this onto another contact of yours to help support us.

Yours Sincerely,


September 08, 2006 8:49 PM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

Vistitng via Miss Bratinella..

Like your blog though.. interesting entries.. I just might come back!!!

Hee hee.. keep it up.. it's a really interesting read!

September 09, 2006 10:49 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

This is the 3rd time I've read this post Becca, each time I've felt an overwhelming need to cry in frustration at his family's loss. I was so touched by reading his last conversations with his ex-wife and her husband. How can our hearts NOT break when we read that?

Your post is very moving and you've done a fine job of honouring a fine man. Thank you for sharing him with us.

September 11, 2006 12:54 AM  
Blogger Hothousemomma said...

Thank you to Artsy and Lisa for the very nice comments. Reading the 9/11 tributes is going to be hard today. It's necessary though.

September 11, 2006 8:22 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Beautiful. Thank you.

September 11, 2006 10:19 AM  
Blogger She said...

Hey HHMomma, your tribute was very touching. I did one as well if you want to go over and read it. I've been a crying mess all morning reading all the different tributes.

September 11, 2006 11:39 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Belle said...

Thanks to these tributes, they truly are not forgotten. Thank you.

September 11, 2006 11:59 AM  
Blogger She said...

what is the cantor fitz. page?

September 11, 2006 1:26 PM  
Blogger Karmyn R said...

Wow - as I was reading and came to the part of his phone call to his ex-wife, the tears began. He was a good father. Wonderful tribute, thank you.

September 11, 2006 7:01 PM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

Wonderful Tribute!
Thank you.
These are heartbreaking stories and difficult to read....
I am honored to be a part of this project.
Mine is posted also...

The 2996 link is down. I have a new link on my site to view the participants.

Bless you...

September 11, 2006 9:12 PM  

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