The Day the Earth Stood Still

Date Submitted: 09/06/2011
Author Info: Ann (Pleasant View, TN - USA) 
Occupation: Administrative
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I actually got to work just about on time (7:30am Central Time) for once. I was listening to the Johnboy and Billy show on the radio. Billy started announcing details of what was happening in New York City. As soon as my closest co-worker arrived, we went to the kitchen to see what the television was showing. About the same time, our Vice President decides he needs to sit down and talk with the three secretaries under him. We couldn’t believe that during such a monumental time, we had to sit down at a meeting. We spent the day going back and forth to the kitchen to see the latest news.

By early afternoon, I began to worry about my 9-year-old son and what he might have heard and how he might be reacting. I leave work a little early to get him but, luckily, the news had been kept from the children. I very much felt that was my responsibility. My husband, son, and I sat around the television watching the news for the evening.

One other prominent memory is of air traffic. My company was in Donelson in the diret flight path of Nashville International Airport. It was so quiet outside – it was very surreal.


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