Something made me do it…

Date Submitted: 04/19/2002
Author Info: Lauren (Edmonton, AB - USA) 
Occupation: Student
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

It was a week into school. I was having the same problem as I did the year before, I didn’t want to get up and face the day. But I got up anyway, and got dressed. I walked out into the family room and turned on the news. Now what baffles me is I never turn on the tv in the morning. And if I do it’s not for the news. Maybe my intuitive side knew something I didn’t, I don’t know. Anyway, it was 7:30 am. And right when I turned on the tv I saw a live picture of a burning building. I thought, those look familiar. Then the reporter said one of the world trade center towers was on fire. I thought, so what? Buildings catch on fire every day. There’s got to be more to this if they’re showing live feed. I switched to three other news channels out of curiosity and they were all showing the same picture. I remember being so confused. Then the reporter says, “It looks like the other tower is on fire, but it isn’t confirmed.” Now that’s when I felt something wasn’t right. I mean, both towers are on fire? Then the reporter says, “It’s been confirmed, two planes have crashed into the world trade center towers.” And the news anchors get into a discussion about terrorism; who did it? why? etc.

Then the screen all of a sudden shows a big grey cloud of smoke over a bunch of buildings. And the reporter says, “A plane has crashed into the pentagon…” This is when I started to cry, and I remember saying out loud, “Who the hell would do this?” About that time my dad got up. And I filled him in on what was going on. He got very mad and was beyond shocked. The whole time he was watching the news he was cursing the situation. He just couldn’t believe it. I left for school at about 8 o’clock. At school when the principal came on the intercom, he filled in the whole school on the tradegy that took place earlier that morning. And we had a moment of silence. When I came home that day, dad told me that the towers had collapsed. The whole night I forgot about my homework and stayed glued to the television set watching repeats of what happened earlier that day. I will never forget it.


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