I know some people don’t want to read another story about September 11. I agree that news sites and stations are inundating readers/viewers with remembrance stories, pictures, and videos. For some people, the day was shocking, horrific, terrifying, and a reminder that we are not as invincible as we think.
For others, September 11, 2001 was too fast or too scary or too fast or too shocking to fully remember. Or they were too young to understand the full impact.
I was sitting int Mrs. Fowler’s science class when she turned on the TV to show us what was going on. We all sat stunned in silence. When someone would ask a question, she just sat silently and told us to watch the TV. It was soccer picture day, so I was lugging my uniform along with practice clothes.
Eventually the principal came on the intercom and told the teachers to turn off the TVs. Mrs. Fowler didn’t, and I’m so glad she didn’t. Whether it was so she could continue watching or so we could see history happening, I’m glad she defied the principal’s request.
My mom came and picked me up from school early that day. My grandma was scheduled to teach a class in New York that month. That was obviously canceled.
She took me to her office where the whole family sat around a tiny 20ish inch TV and watched the news unfold. I missed soccer pictures that year.
This year, as I watch footage of news anchors reporting as the second tower was struck, then as the Pentagon was struck, and finally as Flight 93 crashed I feel myself tearing up. I watch video of firefighters running into what everyone else was running from, risking their lives to get one more person. I listen to radio stories of the first man pulled from the rubble. And I can’t help but feel like I didn’t fully understand what was going on the day it happened.
So now I am saying thank you to those who performed above and beyond. Those who went in when (firefighters, police, citizens, religious officials) to help others out. I am remembering those who lost families in the towers and planes. I cannot imagine how harrowing it must have been to receive a final phone call from a loved one who knew death was inevitable.
While I am hesitant to add to the September 11 info out there, I just couldn’t let this day go by without a post about it. I’m sorry if you’re tired of hearing about it. I’m sorry if you cannot bear to think about how life change for America 10 years ago. I’m sorry if it just hurts too much.
But I am grateful for the unity the event inspired in this country and its people.
I’ll always remember that day with a heavy heart.