Do you remember 9/11?

Hello, my pretties! How are you all? Doing well, I hope!

I’ve been doing well enough, though work is pretty chaotic lately – which explains why I haven’t been posting as usual. Hopefully things will go back to normal soon.

Explanations aside, here I am to talk to you all again.

Not too long ago, I was watching a video about 9/11, and it ended – as those usually do – with a question about where the watchers were back then. I dug into my memory, and came up with where and how I found out about the attack to the Twin Towers.

Back in 2001, I was going to college for the first time. I remember I was in class, and one of my closest friends was outside having something to eat right across the street. While we were all paying attention to what our professor was saying, this friend showed up in the classroom almost out of breath and blurted out that someone had thrown an airplane against World Trade Center.

A moment of dead silence followed, before we all rushed out of the classroom and into the reception area, where there was a TV and a lot of people already gathered. We were all whispering to each other – as people tend to do when watching something tragic – when the second plane hit, and an audible gasp sounded before another dead silence.

I remember none of us went back to class that day. We were all gathered there, trying to make sense of it. What happened? Why did it happen? How many people had died? What would happen now?

Oddly enough, I can’t remember anything else about this day. I probably went to work after school, and then home, as usual, which would account for me not remembering details, since I tend to forget routine stuff very easily (and of course, this was a long time ago).

While I can’t remember what I did after that, I can surely remember the shock and feeling of wrongness of it all, as though that wasn’t actually happening, even though I was seeing it with my own eyes through TV.

For those of you who were old enough to remember 2001, what was your experience like? Did you hear about it from someone? Watch it on TV? How did you learn it had happened and what was your initial reaction?

Please, do keep the comments respectful – while it happened 18 years ago, it was a true event that affected many, many lives.

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16 thoughts on “Do you remember 9/11?

  1. I was in bed.

    I was in high school when it happened, and because I was a bad kid I was enrolled at an Alternative School that I hardly went to anyway – I eventually graduated, a bit late, with an academic scholarship to boot! Anyway, I was sleeping off the night before, I was a bad kid, and my dad burst into my room. It was early, Arizona time, and I was confused, he was frantic and told me to get up and watch TV. My brother had just left home for basic training, he couldn’t have been gone more than two weeks. It was horrific, it was surreal, I cried a lot, in utter lack of comprehension and belief, and in fear for my brother’s wellbeing, and as it started sinking in at the sheer trauma of the loss of so many lives.

    It’s rather depressing thinking about it now, but I think we all should remember the horror sometimes, it might help put other things into perspective.

    Have a good day! Don’t work too hard, take some YOU TIME!

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    1. Oh, my, I feel old now! I was already awake, and I think it was the middle of the morning – about 10 my time, or something around that. Surreal does describe it well – it was a sense of a break with reality, like this thing you’re seeing with your own eyes can’t be happening. I don’t remember many events that were as shocking as that. I didn’t know anyone who could have been there, but the horror was there all the same.

      It is depressing to think about it, but it changed so much in the world it’s one of those things we can’t forget even if we sometimes wish we could.

      Have a great day too! And I’ll try!

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  2. I was actually flying to a job site. As I transferred from one plane to another at the Calgary airport, I could hear people talking about a plane hitting a building, but not much more info than that. After I landed at my destination, the truth came out and all flights were grounded. I had a long 5 hour drive back home (I was one of those fortunate enough to have booked a rental car) listening to the horrors of the day and then watching them on TV, when I got home. It saddens me to see what “humans” can do to other humans in there quest to be the “only” truth. Thanks for remembering Jay. Allan

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    1. Oh, God. This is so scary. I would probably have freaked out. I’m already afraid of flying as it is. You were definitely lucky that you had a car to use to drive back home. But I can’t imagine the fear all these people in the airports must have felt – both people landing and those waited for their loved ones. Thanks for sharing your own experience, Allan! Have a nice day!

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  3. Walked into a supermarket and the BBC radio was blaring through the speakers, the announcer said the Twin towers had been struck. Living so far out in East Africa, it didn’t seem to affect us directly at the time. I got home and my husband said: “The world as we know it, has changed”. It began to sink in that over and above the planes crashing into the towers, over and above the lives lost (God rest their souls in peace), over and above all that pain, America’s relationships with the rest of the world would change drastically. We are still experiencing the effects. There is hope and better days ahead.

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    1. I think it makes sense, for us who aren’t in the US, that it took a while longer to sink in. But your husband was right. Everything has changed. All kinds of rules and regulations for aviation all over the world, and, of course, how America looks at those who are not “them” has changed forever. It was such a deep wound into the country that it’s impossible to expect things not to change, of course. But I do hope we can all hold on to the lessons and let go of grudges against people who are not to blame for what happened. Have a great day and thank you!

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  4. I was at work in the lab when an engineer came in and told me that one of the towers had been hit. I asked if it was a small plane, instantly thinking some stunt gone terribly wrong. He said that is was an airliner. We went into a conference room where there was a TV and flipped on the news.
    I watched the second plane hit the other tower. There were no words or a means to instantly process what I was seeing and hearing.
    We were allowed to go home if we so chose. I did because I wanted to watch more news and try and understand what had happened.
    That’s when things started getting processed. When I discovered it was an act of terrorism is when the anger and sadness came. The crashed plane in Pennsylvania and whatever happened at the Pentagon all added to a picture that was frightening and caused a great deal of anger for me.
    I live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area – the Metroplex. I live in an area that has two international airports – DFW International, itself, being probably one of the busiest in the world. The Metroplex also has a few other rather large airports that are always busy. What I’m saying is that pretty much any time you look into the sky in the DFW area, you will see at least one airplane in the sky… AT LEAST. Air traffic here is constant. After that day, the FAA grounded ALL civil aviation for a time. That is still one of the more disconcerting memories I have from that time. There were no planes and helicopters in the sky… at all. Saying it made me afraid is probably not an accurate description of the feeling, but a very deep concern and tension was there every time I looked into an empty sky.
    I will never forget. I think it is best to move on and not allow ourselves to be emotionally stuck on the tragedy that is 9/11. I believe that those that lost their lives that day would not want such a thing for the rest of us, but I will NEVER forget. And truth be told, there is still a sadness and smoldering anger deep inside. I guess I have just learned to live with it.

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    1. Wow. I can imagine how much harder it was for you, being there and so close to everything – or everything that could have happened. It was indeed a feeling of shock, a break with reality, I guess.
      And I agree it is best to move on and not get stuck there. We need to move forward, and try not to stay there, but I suppose no one who was old enough to remember will ever forget. We learn to move on and live with it, but yes, I believe we’ll all have it in our minds for a long time, maybe forever. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! (As usual)

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  5. Ah, you’re not quite as young as I thought. I was on the college campus too, but in grad school. I was in our department office, I believe. I’d never heard the world trade center referred to as the “twin towers” before that morning. Yes, that day truly changed our world. I was ready to leave school and join the military, and was nervous about things for a long time after.

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    1. How young did you think I was? (I’m 36, for the record – just a few years younger than you, I suppose) I have to admit I had never thought much about the world trade center at all, being in Brazil it just didn’t mean all that much to me up until that moment. It all changed then, along with a lot of other things that still echo today. I hope we don’t have to deal with change through another one of these events any time soon (as in, never). I can imagine how nerve-wrecking it must be when you were ready to join the military. I can’t imagine what I’d have felt like. Thank you so much for commenting!

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  6. That’s a great question! I remember exactly where I was. I was teaching at a university in Ohio 45-minutes away from my home at the time, but I didn’t have to be there until noon on 9/11 because I just had a faculty meeting to attend. So, at around 9 a.m. or so, when the planes hit the Towers, I was running at a park nearby that also happened to be a cemetery. In those days, I would do a decade of the rosary in my head while I ran and I would dedicate those prayers to people who had asked me to pray for them, but on that day, I didn’t have anyone to pray for. So, I just said, in my mind, “Well, these prayers are for anyone who may need them right now at this moment.” I had no idea what was happening until later on when I was driving to work and listening to the car radio. I heard that various planes had crashed. I was so scared that I turned around and went home and told the university I would not go to the faculty meeting. I was pretty shaken up. My dad would travel a lot for work, so I assumed he was on a plane–or that he could have been on one of the planes that went down. He wasn’t, but it took a long time that day for me to get a hold of him–and other members of my family.

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    1. Oh, my God. I can imagine the state your heart was on when you heard and couldn’t get a hold of your family members. I would probably have lost my shit until I could talk to everyone. It was so scary, if you read the other comments, you’ll see everyone has a way to share how their world was shattered that day even if they didn’t have a loved one directly affected.
      Also, it’s heart warming to hear that you dedicated those prayers for anyone who needed them. Thank you so much for sharing your experience! <3

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