09/11/2001

Ten years, I can’t believe it’s been ten years since we were attacked. I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was a senior in high school.

That morning I was listening to a local radio morning show as I got ready for another day at school.  I was almost ready when I heard them say that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers.  No one knew what was going on yet, so I went upstairs to turn on the news.  That is when I saw the second plane hit.  I had no idea what was going on.

I finished getting ready and went to school.  I remember what I was wearing, a purple shirt and a jean skirt, because I had a lunch date that day.  When I got to school some people still hadn’t heard about the towers, but all of the teachers had.  We had tvs in all of our classrooms.  We sat glued to it.  I received a note from the office as I sat in my trionometry class that my stepmom and dad wanted me home.  Can you believe that I was actually upset to be pulled out of school?  Oh the priorities of a 17 year old.

I went home and watched the news all day with my family as we learned more and more about what was going on.  We sat in shock that people had purposely crashed planes in the the WTC, Pentagon with a failed attempt that crashed in Pennsylvania.  It was the next day that I heard one of my teachers lost his best friend in the attack.

Here we are ten years later and I almost feel more emotional now when I see the footage than I did that day.  Maybe it’s because I can better grasp the gravity of the situation or know that it forever changed our country. 

Josh and I were talking to my brother and sister who were just three on that day.  They don’t remember it but are learning about it in school and are fascinated by the events of the day.  It was really interesting listen to them talk about it.  I’m already thinking about how we’ll talk to Ella about it some day.  How do you explain to a child that bad people who were filled with hate killed thousands of innocent people?

I will never forget that day or those who lost their lives, their friends and family.

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