What’s Next???

Date Submitted: 05/25/2002
Author Info: JoAnna (Cleveland, OH - USA) 
Occupation: Homemaker
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I live in Cleveland Ohio and can see Hopkins Int. Airport from my window.

On the morning of Sept. 11, 01 I was driving my children to school as I do everyday. As the last 2 were exiting the car, I turned up the radio and heard what I thought was a joke. A plane had crashed into The World Trade Center. I immediatly changed the station because I was not amused by such a joke. Then of all people, I heard the voice of Howard Stern in a panic saying this was no accident. The second tower had been hit and that confirmed that this was an intentional attack by unknown terrorists.
I rushed to get home.. I yelled for my husband, and father to get to the t.v.

We watched as the towers collapsed and cried knowing that so many were dying. People that had just gone to work like they did everyday, people that were visiting this amazing city, people that were sipping on their first morning cup of coffee, were dying as the nation; the world watched.
As the morning grew late, and the Pentagon was hit, then the plane crashed in Penn. That plane had actually been above my roof.. Above my children, and news broke that there was another plane at Hopkins that held a bomb. My children were at school and this airport is so close.. I rushed to pick them up from school. I just wanted them with me. The school was very understanding and had many parents retrieving their children.

In the weeks that followed, we had an Anthrax scare at my daughter’s middle school and to this day had yet to be informed as to what the white powdery substance was. They continue to say that the lab is backed up and the results are not available.

Not a day goes by that this day doesn’t enter my mind. Everytime I see a plane, everyday that I leave my children at school. And I can’t hear Howard Sterns voice without thinking of 9/11.

This is Memorial Day weekend and the threats are heavy and strong. I can’t help but wonder What’s Next? It seems to me that we are all just waiting for the other shoe to drop.


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