Where were you and what were you doing 9.11.01?

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  1. Lakenjade

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    I was pregnant with my youngest daughter and was at home with my son. My husband called me and told me to turn on the TV. I freaked out because I had been having contractions and couldn't get on the base because they closed it down! I'm a military spouse.
     
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    I'd arrived in my office at about 8:30. I was working in programming at the time, and was getting my coffee and chatting with coworkers, and looking out the window when a huge fireball burst from the south side of Tower 1, a few hundred feet away. As it rolled past the 88th floor, falling downwards, a wave of heat came through the building. I was dimly aware of coffee falling to the floor as I ran to the window and looked up to see the darkened hole in the side of the other tower.

    Gas explosion? Planned movie shoot? I remember thinking I hoped no one was hurt as innumerable papers, somehow unburnt, fluttered down.

    The director of the department had already fled (he later regretted not telling us). The network administrator called all of us to leave the building. We walked down the stairs to the 78th floor lobby, where there were hundreds of people. By a stroke of luck, an elevator opened almost right in front of us as soon as we arrived. We got on. I was aware taking the elevator isn't recommended in a fire, that I really should consider the stairs instead. I hope that if an elevator hadn't arrived I would have gone back to the stairs.

    We made it to the ground floor in the packed elevator, and got out where people were directing us out the southeast exit (even though the southwest exit would have just been a simple turn left and wouldn't have involved walking through the building). As we got out of the building we were greeted by streets covered in papers and small bits of debris. An airlines life jacket was among it, which told us it was an airplane. I got separated from my coworkers.

    I looked at the papers for a few moments, slowly crossing the street south. After a couple of minutes, we heard the screeching of another plane. I didn't look up, and didn't know where it was -- I recall thinking it might hit the street. I ran to the Deutschbank building, which had an overhang, as it felt like there was a sudden earthquake. Metal siding clanged to the ground about fifty or a hundred feet away.

    I entered the Deutschbank building without ever looking up. People inside were crying, or trying to reach people on cellphones, or just huddled. I spent only a minute or two in there before I decided I had to get away from the area. I went out a side exit, went south a few blocks and then east, planning to circle around and go north a good distance east of the towers. Walking through Manhattan was a little strange, as too many people seemed too calm. A lot of them were coming up through subway entrances, though, and it struck me that most may have had no idea what had occurred. There were, however, long lines near pay phones.

    I circled to about 8 blocks north of the towers, where I was going to law school. I entered the building and went to the 12th floor law review office, where there was a phone. I dialed for about half an hour before I reached my wife. While we were on the phone, I heard the enormous roar from outside and the phone was cut off. It was one of the buildings falling.

    I went down to the career services office. I had an interview scheduled for lunchtime with a prestigious law firm. Since the office was dark, I assumed the interview was cancelled.

    I left the law school and headed north, passing a police line about a block from the school. There was a huge crowd of people there looking south, and I suddenly felt angry at them. How could they stand around, staring, when two airplanes had just struck buildings and who knew how many bombs were going off?

    I walked north until about 50th street, just trying to put distance between myself and the towers. By early afternoon there were groups of Falun Gong members on the streets praying for a rejection of evil. Eventually I heard that the ferries were running, and I walked to the west side and waited on line for a ferry, eventually crossing the river and walking home by about 5:30 or 6.

    I later learned that of my 162-person firm, 105 or 109 had been in the office at the time. 67 did not make it out.
     
  3. Lakenjade

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    3sons- reading your post made me cry. I sat in my home in San Antonio that day and couldn't stop crying telling everyone that called that I was worried about everyone that was in New York. To hear someone retell it that was so close brings it all back to me. I just want you to know that I prayed for you and all of your co workers that day and in the weeks and months following. My husband is in the Military and he was trying to go and help.
     
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    3sons... I'm speechless. :( I read your post, and then read it two more times; each time I had the same gut-wrenching feeling.


    My big sister in my sorority had an internship in NYC over the summer. While her office building wasn't near the WTC, the apartment where she lived was only a couple of blocks away. She was distraught when she couldn't get in touch with her former roommates. Fortunately, they were okay, but she didn't hear from them until that evening.

    A college acquaintance (we were friends freshman year, but after that we were in different classes and lost touch) was from the tiny town in PA where one of the planes crashed. (it's about an hour and a half from where we went to school) A bunch of us were wondering how she was holding up.
     
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    I was at the doctor. The nurse taking my blood pressure asked if I had heard the news, and I said that I hadn't. About 20 minutes later, I was sitting in the lab area waiting to have my blood drawn and I watched some of the coverage on TV.

    After that, I went to work at a Catholic seminary (one of my college jobs, and the one I enjoyed most). The 5 resident priests plus the office staff went to the faculty lounge and watched the coverage on TV for most of the morning.

    It was a sad time. Even though I wasn't directly affected by the events from that day, I really had a very difficult time handling the whole situation. I think I cried for weeks.
     
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    3Sons
    When you can put faces and names on the victims it brings it that much more to home.

    I grew up on Long Island & I lost about 7 classmates that day (I found out later)
     
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    I am so sorry for those that lose those who were dear to them that day because of someone else's wicked ways.

    3sons it was heartwrenching to read your story. I can't imagine being in the thick of things on 9-11.
     
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    I was in my Biology class in college...Didn't know anything until I got back to my room after class....Other class for the day was canceled when many students didn't show up because they were trying to get in touch with relatives who lived or worked in the area. By the grace of god my Uncle wasn't in the pentagon that day (he worked there). Kinda funny note about that though...I honestly have only pieces of memories from that day because I got a concussion playing tennis that night! One of my roommates and I decided we needed to "unwind" after the stress of the day and went to play...I tripped backwards over my feet and hit my head...spent the night in the hospital because I slept in a loft and my parents and the dr. were afraid I'd wake up disoriented and fall out.
     
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    I was a senior in high school in my English class. I remember an office aide coming in and whispering something to my teacher. His face turned ashen and he turned to us and said "The World Trade Center has been hit."

    We spent the rest of the day watching the news and praying for those in NYC.
     
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    I was late for school (as usual). I was working in the same school as an interpreter, and I walked about 1/2 block to get there. I happened to glance at the TV as I was hurrying, and noticed the first plane hit. I felt like I was transfixed, it seemed so horrible. I remember the newsperson's voice talking, and all of a sudden, the second plane hit. I just started crying-I felt so helpless.

    I finally tore myself away and walked to school, and my superintendent happened to be standing outside with the guidance counselor. They started giving me a bad time about being late, and I just said no, you don't understand...and told them what was happening. They ran inside to turn on a TV.

    I remember being in class that day with the student I was interpreting for and just fretting. They didn't turn on any TVs, except for in the computer lab, so staff kept going in to watch. I remember one teacher kept coming down the hall and giving more bad news-another plane down, the Pentagon, etc. It seemed like it would never end.

    I remember a lot of kids not understanding what was going on, and some even joking about it. They didn't seem to grasp the severity of the whole situation. I remember thinking about my dd, who was 7 months old at the time, and wondering what kind of a world she would be raised in.

    My sister was in flight during all this. Her flight was grounded in Kansas City, and she spent the day on the tarmac. We couldn't get a hold of her, and that was very scary.

    I remember going to fill up with gas that night, because everyone was scared prices would skyrocket. Also, the President was diverted to the base in Omaha, and I remember everyone panicking about that, because Nebraska is far away from things like what was happening, but that brought it closer to home.

    Sad, sad, day. It is my nephew's birthday, and every time I say "September 11", I just feel weird.

    Has anyone noticed the commercials for the "commemorative coins" on TV? That bothers me. I know the profits are supposedly going somewhere worthwhile, but to commemorate the "7th anniversary" just seems like gross commercialism of a horrendous event.
     
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    I was in my car driving to my community college and it was on the radio--- every channel. I couldn't understand what was happening until I got to the parking lot of school and everyone was talking about it... upon entering the college the professors and faculty had pulled out televisions and people were watching the news! I will never forget it.....
     
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    I was a senior in high school, sitting in my 2nd period Spanish class. My high school is in North Jersey, about 15 miles outside of Manhattan. Our principal came on the loudspeaker to announce that the first plane had hit, and asked for the students with loved ones who worked in the Towers to come the library. One of my good friends, who was sitting next to me, turned white as a sheet because her dad worked in the towers. I asked my teacher if I could go with my friend to the library, and the teacher said no. (I went anyway.) While we were waiting in the library, the principal came on again and explained that a second plane had hit, and that any concerned student should come to the library. Soon, there was mass chaos in the library, people screaming and crying, fighting over phones.

    My friend couldn't get through to her dad, her mom, or her brother. I remember feeling so helpless not knowing what to do, so my friend and I went to our Anthropology class. Our teacher had the TV and we watched live as the towers fell. Somebody stepped into our room and threw up. Another teacher ran down the hall, popped his head in, said "Our lives will never be the same" and ran out of the building. My friend said nothing, convinced she had just watched her dad die on TV.

    I left class after the second tower fell, and went to find my journalism teacher. When I walked into her room, I remember the entire chalkboard being covered with writing (she was frantically copying information from the radio.) I distinctly remember seeing 10,000 DEAD (the initial estimate) in green chalk and I felt ill.

    My mom came to sign me out of school, and we sat and waited with my friend until her mom came to get her and her brother. At this point, she hadn't heard anything about her dad. There were no words to comfort her when her mom finally came. My mom and I walked out to the car, and we noticed a film of black ash over all of the cars. The dust, ash, and soot from Manhattan had blown all the way to New Jersey. I spent the next few days obsessed with the news coverage, and I journaled a lot of my feelings.

    My friend FINALLY heard from her dad at 8pm that night. He had already been up in his office on the 78th floor, but had just walked back outside to get a bagel when he saw the plane. He was hit with debris as he was running away, but miraculously survived with minor cuts and bruises.

    My town lost a large number of people due to 9/11, and for the next few weeks every funeral parlor in our area had multiple services a day. Every single one had a line wrapped around the building, mostly filled with complete strangers coming to pay their respects. I went to two for parents of my classmates.
     
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    I was going on-line to get some information for one my Sophmore level college classes. I saw the breaking news on the Yahoo! homepage and thought that someone had flown a small plane into the tower by accident.

    I clicked on the link and was shocked. I quickly turned on the TV in time to see plane number 2 hit, and watched in horror as the towers disapeared in clouds of dust.

    Horrible, horrible, day. My sister was 1 and 1/2 at the time. She was looking at the news that evening and said and I quote, "Plane gonna hurt me?" :(
     
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    Jenngugs, thanks for posting. I was in tears reading your post.

    For whoever mentioned the coin commercializing the event, I agree. I can't believe it has been 7 years. It really doesn't feel like it.
     
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    I was sleeping and I awoke to the alarm with the news talking about plane crashes into buildings...I listened and wonderered what on earth was going on. I shut off my alarm (still not fully aware) and went downstairs to get breakfast...turned on the TV and saw the whole thing...
     
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    I was home sick from school with a killer headache and watched on TV. My son hadn't left for junior high yet so I gave him all phone numbers to call if something happened. Wasn't sure if it was going to go coast to coast. I watched CNN all day and cried all day.
     
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    I know. It seems like yesterday. It just bothers me because commemoratives usually come out for specific anniversaries, like 5, 10, or 20-not 7. It just seems cheap and patronizing to hear the guy say in this mock somber voice-"7 years ago, the towers fell-now you can commemorate that event with this coin". I hate stuff like that. What will we get to buy for 8 years? 9? 11? 13? Blah.
     
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    3sons and jenjugs, I'm in tears reading your posts. 3sons, the way you discribe it is just like what my cousin says. She didn't work in the towers, but she wasn't too far away. The parts about walking and looking and having debris come your way is all stuff she talks about. You write so elequently that I can, for the first time, really imagine what she saw.
     
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    I was in my senior year of high school. Period 3 I believe. It was Economics I believe when they came in and said a plane crashed into the WTC. I live in NY, went to high school outside the city. I remember going home after and seeing it on tv and it just seemed so surreal.

    The school I teach out now is in Queens and my room has a perfect view of the skyline. I can't imagine being in the middle of a class and seeing that. :(
     
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    Thanks to everyone who read and responded to me. I suspect being outside the events themselves may have been harder in some cases, especially cases like Jenngugs', than inside them. I knew I was still alive, after all, and had an obvious course of action. I don't think it was quite like the dread many of you experienced, and I don't know if I can imagine that feeling. My personal nightmare is no longer dying in a terrorist attack -- though I still feel quite uneasy around airplanes and can't help watching them with some nervousness as they fly overhead. The worst thing that could possibly happen would be a Beslan-type scenario, something where I could do nothing but sit and wait and pray my loved ones made it out alive.
     
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    3sons and jenjugs, your witnessing these events must have been heart wrenching. I'm so sorry you had to experience this, but glad you're able to share. Thank you for taking the time to post it. I know it's touched everyone's heart that's read it.

    We had our program last night with my 2nd graders singing "Im Proud to be American", & I just cried. Those babies just really don't understand the significance of the words.

    Everyone around here is flying flags outside their homes tomorrow.
     
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    This is a sort of weird story... I was reading a book, ironically enough, about a terrorist attack on an airport, and the similarities were freaky. I can't remember the name of the book or the author, but the plot was just so similar it gives me chills.

    I had my now 8 year old son next to me on the bed asleep, and my other two children were at school. My phone began ringing off the hook and I finally went to answer it and it had been my mom and MIL calling to tell me what happened.

    I immediately went to the school to get my kids, went to the bank, took out all our money, filled up the gas tank and went to the grocery store and spent 500.00 on groceries. That night my son had a football game and we live near one of the major airports and Fighter Wing (Our group is the one that was sent to NY immediately after the first attack)
    We had to go through security cleanace to get past the airport to the football field. The weirdest thing was how completely quiet the area was, as there was no flight traffic other than the fighter jets.

    That night, all we heard was the sound of the jets being fueled repeatedly, and the thought that they were now armed and ready, was very bizzare.

    I cried for days after that. I knew several people who were killed in the Trade Center. My now husband had been there just one day before.:eek: To say he was counting his blessings the next day is an understatement.

    I will never forget that day as long as I live.
     
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    Jenny and 3 sons, your posts really got to me. :(

    I left out the part that we had soot and smoke all the way down here at the Jersey Shore. The soot lingered in the air for weeks.

    My in laws went up and worked as volunteers at Ground Zero. The stories they told me broke my heart.

    I still feel times of uneasiness, living where we do. I am sandwiched between Phila, DC and NY, and spend a lot of time in NY and Phila. My daughter wants to go to NYU, and part of me worries, but part of me knows that we can't live in fear.
     
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    I was in my 3rd day of my freshmen year of high school just walking into my 3rd period class. We got to stay in the auditorium almost all day (if our teachers brought us down if they didn't have tv). They claimed the school was on lock down BUT my mom had come to get me and walked right in the building and nobody even stopped her.
     
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    Thank you to those that shared the "on the spot" recounts of that day. I had tears in my eyes.

    I was doing my student teaching in a K room. The K teacher across the street came to tell us because she needed to get to a phone. My mentor teacher went to monitor her class. The other K teacher's brother in law (I think) worked at the Pentagon. We were awaiting word if school was going to close or not. We did have a few parents come & get kids. I went out at lunch to call my hubby, mom & a couple other people. I know as soon as the bell rang the teachers including myself were outta there!!!

    I do remember the next day during our K's free play time that some of the boys (mainly) were building buildings from blocks & then planes & knocking them down. They had watched the news that was apparent, but didn't understand it. I felt a little queazy watching them.

    Today I watched MSNBC at around 9am & they were replaying the Today show from that day. I was tearing up all over again!!!

    Like the others seems like yesterday.
     
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    I was feeding almost one year old Jeannie her breakfast. We had been watching PBS, so I hadn't seen the news. The plan for that day was for Jeanne and I to go shopping for an event at our church that would be held that Saturday. My husband called from work and told me to turn on NBC. Like someone said earlier, I took money and got groceries and gas. I pulled Kevin out of school, because I wanted my kids right beside me.
    I'll always remember the stars from that night. I' had never seen so many stars in the sky. It seemed as though there was one for each person killed that day.

    Today I explained 9/11 to Jeannie for the first time. We watched a Schlessinger video called Remembering September 11. She doesn't understand why they were able to do such a thing, and it was apparent by the look on her face that she didn't understand why they haven't caught Osama Bin Laden.
     
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    I had decided to take a semester off and work full-time. It was my day off so I had slept in. I got up to watch The Young & the Restless and the news was on instead. I woke up so late that all the crashes had already happened, but watching the replays over and over made me sick to my stomach. Especially watching the poor souls desperately jumping out of the windows.

    My roommate at the time was visiting her BF in Texas, who was in the Navy. He got called back to duty and it took her 3 days to get home because of the airport mess.

    I will never, ever forget that day.
     
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    BF's story:

    He was going to school in DC...on his way when the plane that hit the pentagon flew overhead. It hit 3 miles from where he was on the road. His dad worked in the pentagon, and his office had been moved 2 weeks prior to the other building. The plane hit directly in his dad's old office. Bf spent most of the day trying to get in touch with his dad. He did later that night. His dad lost many people he worked with.
     
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    Mamacita- I read the blog. I can't believe that stupid, stupid, stupid admin....omg!
     
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    I was at my babysitting job for the second week. The baby was upset and had been every day I had been there for two weeks. She screamed all day and so we always went for a long walk after breakfast and a nap. During her nap the planes hit and I watched the news until she woke up. Her parents called to see if I knew and to let me know I should check and see if my classes were cancelled (they took me to class). I then took their daughter for a walk and realized how quiet it was outside, no cars, no planes, nothing. We live in the airport traffic lanes so it was really strange. I remember looking at their daughter thinking she wouldn't remember any of this and being totally unsure about how I felt about that. It was the first time I realized how important raising a child really is.
     
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    scienceteach82: I bet my uncle and your bf's dad worked together then! My uncle was in the same situation...his office was moved just weeks before and was also in the area that was hit!
     
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    3sons...I read your account to all my classes today. There wasn't a dry eye in the house every single time I read it...
     
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    I was in high school in Brooklyn. To be more precise, I was on my way from my home in lower Manhattan to school in Brooklyn when the planes hit. But, being in the subway, the news didn't come out until later.

    So anyway, I was in class when an announcement came over the P.A. system saying simply that there was a "tragedy in Manhattan" and that we should stop for a moment of prayer. I went to a religious private school where prayer requests were fairly common -- I was concerned by the gravity of the announcement, but my worries were more in the realm of, say, bus accidents or something.

    While the teacher tried to pick up again, there was a murmur in the classroom as kids tried to guess at what was going on. One girl who had come in late said she heard on the radio on her way to school something about a plane crash. Shock level raised a bit; I vaguely remembered a tragic crash in -- where was it, Belle Harbor? -- a long time ago. ...into a building. Maybe someone flew too low, messed up takeoff or landing...? What a terrible accident. I hope there weren't too many people involved. I was still thinking it was probably some small private plane with a less-than-competent pilot, maybe...

    As soon as class let out, we rushed into the hall to compare notes. The faculty tried to maintain traffic control by letting only those with family in the city to go to the office and the rest were directed straight to the next class. I didn't feel any urgency, but wanting to know what was going on, I followed the rest of the Manhattan crowd. No use -- all phone lines were busy. You couldn't reach anyone, anywhere. There was quite a crowd pushing around outside the office -- seeing them as I heard the busy signal was the first time I felt something seriously amiss.

    By this time the rumors were getting clearer. My next class was current events. The teacher came in and without talking she plugged in a radio and turned up the volume. At first it was impossible to tell what was going on. But they kept repeating things for newcomers in between bits of breaking news, and we sat there speechless. I don't know about anyone else, but I was in too much shock to feel anything. The worst part was that the newscasters seemed totally confused and frantic -- they were usually the most cool, composed adults, delivering confident facts to us... The confusion was terrible. No one knew quite what was going on and at that point, the more information that came out, the worse it sounded. (It wasn't until days later that we realized the initial picture, particularly estimates of the dead, was very exaggerated. At that stage, the numbers just kept going up as more things inflamed and collapsed.) I don't remember any of the details from that radio report. I just remember the feeling of listening and trying to figure out what was going on and why the world was stopping.

    It was all so unreal that I didn't even think of asking who did this and why. Terrorism was not a household word at the time, though we knew what it was... a different kind of "knew," though.

    I don't have any memories of the rest of that school day. It must have passed in a blur. There wasn't much talk about what had happened. There wasn't anything to say, really.

    I couldn't go back home to the city that night. All the bridges and tunnels were in lockdown; only emergency vehicles were going through. I stayed in Brooklyn at my cousins' home, where we again sat huddled around the radio. The story of the events of earlier that day were clearer now, but still there was that feeling of not knowing what now. There was some fear of more terrorism, but I kind of felt that things would be quiet at least for that night, so my main worry after the people was what America would do. Was this a war? Would Manhattan, my hometown, continue to be the same lively place as always?

    The bed I slept in was by a window. The skies were dark and quiet that night, but every time I've slept there since, I notice every plane that passes. I stared out that dark window for a long time that night before I fell asleep, knowing unconsciously that I was looking at a strange world. We barely noticed the strong, acrid smell in the air by that time as it had crept into Brooklyn gradually.

    The next day after school I learned that I could go back home again (I don't live all that close to the WTC. It's just within walking distance). I was relieved but afraid of what I would find. As I exited the subway, it was a different place than I'd entered the morning before. The morning of September 11th brought blue skies and a crisp, clean feeling of a new school year. The morning of September 12th was thick and smoggy, the smell almost unbearable. I imagined it was similar to the smell that hovered over the crematoria throughout World War II. As I came out into the light, I noticed that my hand which had held the bar on the train was now black with soot. I was shocked at how close that story on the radio had just become.

    I continued home as if in a trance. As I stuck my key in the door, I noticed a colorful sign that seemed oddly misplaced. It said, "Happy Birthday, Bored! Welcome home." I realized with a start that it was already dinnertime and I hadn't once remembered that it was my birthday.

    My mom and dad were both home OK. I must have spoken to them already the night before because I knew they were fine. They both worked further uptown, anyway. My brother who worked in the WTC (not in the towers, but one of the adjacent buildings) had already gone home. He had biked toward our apartment as soon as the disaster became apparent and his office window started filling with smoke. He arrived ashen. Not his complexion; I mean the layers of real ash that covered him and his bike from head to toe.

    We fought back and we stood strong. But the terrorists succeeded in one thing -- seven years later, no one feels quite as secure as they did on September 10, 2001.
     
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    Repercussions for the superintendent? In this community? Um, no. Teachers are the ones who face repercussions here.

    He stands by that decision to this day.
     
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    Thank you for sharing your stories, 3sons and jenn. It really brings home the fact that there are outside forces working in our lives (whether you believe its God or soemthing else).
     
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    I was pregnant (at age 39) and worked about 5 minutes from home in a community center. I saw the first plane hit before I left. We turned on the tv's and saw the 2nd plane. I must have cried for days, thinking what kind of world I was bringing my child into. Thank you to those that have told their stories.
     
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    I had just awoke when the first plane hit and heard it on the radio, The second plane hit on my way to school, and we watched the towers collapse in my first period class (The teacher Was was from NYC).
     
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    I was working at a school in midtown Manhattan. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous. The school closed for Sept. 12, reopened Sept.13th, and because of the still-ensuing chaos (the school was near a hospital and Empire State Building), closed again on the 14th.
    It was a bit scary to commute through Grand Central Station for the next 6 months or so. So many pictures were still up....people looking for "missing" people.
    I can't watch the replays of 9/11 that they show every year. It really upsets me.
     

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