Missing the Towers

Date Submitted: 09/10/2003
Author Info: Tara (Port Washington - USA) 
Occupation: Student
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: Yes

I had just finished my first class of the day when I came out of the room and saw a crowd had formed around a television set in the hallway. I asked what was going on. When no one responded I turned to see the second plane hit the towers. I was shocked and very upset. I was on my way to my next class, but I found that I could not leave. I had to continue to watch. So I, along with many others, sat against the opposite wall and continued to watch.

A few minutes later, after fully digesting what had happened, I began freaking out because I couldn’t reach my family. My sister works on Wall Street and was just south of the towers for a meeting, my father was in New Jersey, and my mother was at home on Long Island. I finally was allowed to use an office phone and reached my mother. She was crying, but was able to inform me that my family was okay. As relieved as I was, I felt terrible for all the families who would lose someone that day.

Although I didn’t want to, I attended my Journalism class, for a distaction. During that class time, though, we watched the news and had to write up 30 second updates on the tragedy. As we saw the towers crumble to the ground, I cried my eyes out!

When I was finally able to go home, after being stuck at school because the highways were closed, I found out that it was very possible that a long time friend of my father had lost her husband and son-in-law. They worked at Cantor-Fitzgerald, on the 109th floor in one of the towers. Within a few days, it was confirmed. I was heartbroken.

I had never seen anything like that and never would have thought I would be witness to such a tragedy. The even scarier thing is that I was with my family in “Window’s On The World” the Saturday night before, for my birthday. While looking down from the windows that night, I remember saying how much I would LOVE to come back. Who would have thought that it would crumble three days later.

I have NEVER forgotten that day, and never will!!! Those people who died, will be in my heart forever, as well as the towers themselves!!!


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