A New World Is Born

Date Submitted: 08/29/2002
Author Info: Jennifer (Valparaiso, IN - USA) 
Occupation: Homemaker
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I live in NW Indiana, close to Chicago. I awoke at about 8 am central time. I was in bed with my newborn baby boy. He was born on 7/7/01. I noticed what a beautiful day it was, very sunny, and not a cloud in the sky. My baby boy was still sleeping, so I thought I’d get up and drink my coffee. When I awoke I also had a feeling that something wasn’t right. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but something strange was in the air. It seemed strangely quiet outside, for a Tuesday morning. For about 30 min. I went into my baby’s room, and was just looking around at all of his things. I finally turned on the TV at around 8:30am. I put CNN on, and I saw the Pentagon on fire. I didn’t even know that an airplane had crashed into it. I started flipping channels, and saw the WTC towers on fire also. I got scared, so I called my husband at work. It took me a while to reach him on his cell phone. He was watching the events unfold also at work. About 15 min. later one of the towers fell. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. When I saw those towers fall, I just cried out loud. I was just thinking that all these lives were being snuffed out right before my eyes. I went to pick up my baby and I just held him tight to me and wondered: what kind of world has he been born into???? I was sad that this is the kind of world that he will be raised in. I thought that planes were just going to start crashing all over the place. It was so horrifying. I called my mom, and she just told me to keep watching the news. I phoned my sister who works in downtown Chicago. They had sent her home for the day. My sister has a friend who worked in the World Trade Center. She was very worried about him. It happened that he decided not to go in to work that day. I remember the mayor of NYC coming on TV, and being somewhat comforted by him. He handled everything so well.


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