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9-11-2001: Where were you?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I was twelve years old.

My pregnant mother, three siblings & I were on our way to keep the nursery at church for a ladie's Bible study.

The sky was the most magnificent turquoise blue color, and I remarked to my mom, "isn't this just the most beautiful day?!? Not a cloud in the sky!" Who knew it was not so beautiful elsewhere?

We arrived at the church building, then not even 20 minutes later there was chaos as cell phones rang all around the building. What was happening? Something about a bomb. No, wait, a plane. Yes, a plane had hit a building in New York, Now, two planes. Two airplanes had hit the Twin Towers in New York.

I ran back and forth between the church nursery & the church office (where the TV was), updating my mom on the latest events. As I ran into the church office for the umpteenth time, I saw the most horrible sight. Tower #1 started to fall... down, down, down and only fire & smoke left behind. Horrible screams came through the television set. I ran back to report to mom what had happened.

My head in her lap, I sobbed while my mother stroked my hair gently. At twelve years old, I didn't really know what had happened or the impact that it would have on my country, my family, my world.

The next tower fell. An airplane had crashed in Pennsylvania. What on earth was going on?

The next few weeks went by like a blur, the television always on the news channel, watching the latest developments. Lots of tears, lots of confusion, lots of new words.

In the next several months, my dad was deployed. He was gone for 1/2 a year the first time, 13 months the second time. He missed my senior year of high school due to the people behind this tragic day.

Life has never been the same & it won't ever be the same. My country is changed forever.

For all those who sacrificed their family, their health, their lives, please know that we are thankful. Thank you for what you did ten years ago. We will not forget.

On that day when we walked out of the church building, the sky was still a magnificent turquoise blue. A blue like I have never seen since. Now every time I see an unbelievably blue sky, I remember that day.

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  • *ERICA*
    I think you are very right. I remember looking up at the sky on my way into school that morning thinking the same thing. What a beautiful morning. And you are sooo right, there has not been a more beautiful morning like that since. I couldnt imagine at 12 seeing the horrible things. Being 19, I was still very young and naive about the world. Watching everything happen again 10 years later just brings tears to my eyes and hope for the suvivors and the ones left behind that they find peace.
    2384 days ago
    What a horrible day, I live in Australia and it was big news here, I couldn't believe what had happened. Our entire country was in shock and we prayed for you. 10 years on we still remember. Bless you all, xx
    2385 days ago
    At work (in the UK) manning a reception. As the news started to filter through a colleague freaked out - her sister was working in the area. She was fine thank God. When I got home from work I truly couldn't comprehend or believe what I was seeing on the tv.
    We will never forget x
    2386 days ago
  • RAC1027
    woken up by a phone call from my husband who was stationed in NY telling me to turn on the TV and that he couldn't come home because a terrible thing just happened.
    2386 days ago
    I was getting ready for work. I remember seeing the second building crash into the tower and thinking that it looked like a special effect. Surreal.
    2386 days ago
    I was leaving the gym and heading over to work for the day. They sent everyody home early.
    2386 days ago
    Out in my yard on a beautiful sunny day when my neighbor came over and said to watch the news . . . . husband was away on business and I could not wait for him to finally make it back home. At that moment you just wanted to account for everyone you knew and hold your family tight.
    2386 days ago
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