i remember...

posted on: 9.11.2012

I remember waking up to the sound of the t.v. morning news and wondering as I stumbled down the hall, why Charlie was still home.  That Charlie had been working in Maui since our wedding day just two months earlier and so, was typically on one of the first flights out in the morning and one of the later flights home in the evening.  It was all I had known as a young wife, his flying and working, during the day, and our "passing in the night" sort of existence.  And then that morning he was just there, on the couch, silent and alert, strangely, terrifyingly, alert.  

"A plane flew into the World Trade Center" he said without looking up "the airport's closed".  And I remember that being the moment I was afraid of the world and ached for my country and thanked God that Charlie had been grounded, on our couch and not in any airport anywhere, for the days that would follow.  When we were, as a nation, too afraid to move, so unsure of what was happening and so overcome with the questions of "why" that we would not allow ourselves to fly.

I remember.

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  1. Gosh, I was so young... Just a sophomore in high school. School remained open, and some of the teachers had the news on their TVs. Others didn't. My mom pulled me out of school for a week. We lived very close to a nuclear power plant, and who knew what was going to happen next? Would we be hit again?
    My childhood best friend's birthday is today, and I always feel so sorry for her.

  2. I was a Sophomore in high school...also finding out about the attack when I first turned on the TV. I wrote a post about it as well, if you would like to read it. I will never forget that day. I always take off work, don't do any housework (if I can avoid it) and just spend it with my family.



  3. That day was supposed to be a joyous day for me and my four month old baby girl. We were moving into our first home together (I was a single mom at the time and only 19) Our first stop of the day was to get her four month old check up. As we were sitting in the waiting room the news broke in and the president was speaking, he didn't know really what just happened. As he was speaking they showed the footage live as the second plane hit the other tower. Holding my baby crying and in disbelief I remember feeling scared, confused and extremely sad for our country. Our day was not a good one, and I stayed with my parents for about a week before moving into our new place. I will never forget that day I cant believe its been 11 years it feels like just yesterday to me.

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  6. I'm not from the US but I still remember where I was, at home ill from school, and I remember calling my Mum and her friend - I don't think I really grasped what was happening.

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  9. I was in 8th grade. My principal came in the room and said someone had bombed the World Trade Center. I didn't know what the World Trade Center was and didn't think too much about it, but as the day went on I learned more about the seriousness of the situation and grew afraid. I was in my school's marching band and I knew it was serious when our band director canceled practice that day. I went home and saw the news and saw the footage for the first time all day. My family went to church that night with most of the community to pray. I can't believe it's been 11 years!

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  11. I don't remember if I heard about the first plane in the car on the way to work, or whether I was told as soon as I got to work, but I remember that none of us worked at all, we all had our computers on CNN for the day. I'm glad Charlie was grounded; I'm sure that was a bit of a comfort to you ...

  12. Thank you all so very much for taking the time to be here with me. Thank you especially to those who shared their memories from that moment eleven years ago-- your memories have me realizing just how interwoven our lives are, how even without knowing it we went through those moments together.

    Here's to the moments that lie ahead-- I'm so very glad to share these with you as well.



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