9/11/01: opening my eyes to the real world.

Date Submitted: 09/10/2010
Author Info: Rachel (Small town - USA) 
Occupation: Other
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I was in the 7th grade. I was in keyboarding class when my teacher ran over to the TV and flipped it on just to see this tower burning. I was young, and naive and thought it was just an explosion. I knew nothing about terrorist, and until that day, I didn’t even know the World Trade Center existed. My teacher was freaking out, and when the second plane hit, the principal came over the loud speaker and told everyone to turn their TV’s off. I went to lunch after that (We ate lunch at ten thirty). I told my best friend Brittany all about it. I remember we were both wearing our uniform skirts that day (we had planned it) and I remember the exact table we sat at. I remember she had her hair in a ponytail, something she never did. (I couldn’t tell you what I wore yesterday or anything like that but I remember these details.) As we were coming upstairs I remember this girl named Danielle asking “Can you believe what happened? I mean. . . this is going to be in our children’s history books!” back then I didn’t realize it would have that big of an impact on us. I went straight home from school that day when I usually stayed for Dance practice. The day went on normally for a while, my mom made dinner, and made us do our homework. We went to lowes (the home improvement store) and then the sonic boom happened. (google it) People ran around like crazy, saying the air force base or the va hospital had been hit. It was SO SCARY. When we went home instead of going to bed at my usual time, we all sat around and watched the CBS special report about everything that had happened. I remember my dad just sat there stunned. The next day on our channel 4 (I think) it was this little news cast we watched in homeroom, I remember they played a video of a flag being draped over the hole in the pentagon as Destiny’s Child’s song “emotions” played before going to commercial. Everything changed after that. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that’s when life went from childhood to adulthood for me.


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