Where was I?

Date Submitted: 08/02/2004
Author Info: Kathleen (Elk Grove - USA) 
Occupation: Student
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

The day of 9/11 I was entering my Jr. High School. I was a 7th grader and soon to be a 8th grader. I walked into my first period class, and my teacher was sitting there talking with another teacher. I had no idea what the two were talking about. So i went on with my work and class and are teacher didnt mention anything to us. Then Through out the morning i heard kids tlaking about planes and towers. Finally I came into 3rd period. My teacher made us all lsiten to her and she told us the news about the planes crashing donw in the Pennsylvania Fields, the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

I was shock at what I was hearing. Many of my class-mates immediatley started to ask questions. I had really never heard of the Twin Towers but i knew of them. I knew that my cousin was flying today and was over on the east coast I hoped for the best for him. Through out the whole day in every class we listend to the radio and watched the news. All the teachers were kind enough to answer any questions that we did have. The Princiaple came over the speaker and told us that all after school activitys were canceld and for everyone to go home as soon as the day was done.

I got onto my bus as soon as school was done. All I wanted was just to go home and for some one to be there. As soon as i got home, I saw my dad. There work had let out early. He was sitting in are lving room watching t.v and i told him about my day. I went into my room and turned on the radio and just lietnd to everyhting and tried to do my homework. Later that night I had cheerleading practice, so I went to that and we all talked about what happend and practice. Later that night my family and I recived a phone call from my aunt who was in tears. She was calling to tell us that my cousin was suppose to be on the plane that flew into the Pentagon.

My cousin is in the Navy and flys back and forth to diffrent places on the east coast for meetings. As soon as i heard that my stomach dropped and I just started to cry my eyes out. My family and I had many quetsions but things were already to crazy and we didnt know where to start. All i could think abotu was, WHY WHY AMERICA?? WHAT DID WE EVER DO TO ANYONE, WHY MY FAMILY AND ALL THE OTHER FAMILYS?. The answer to those questions will never be answered.

Later that night round 11:30 we hear the phone ring, so i picked it up and it was my aunt telling me to get my mom. So I did what she told me to. I heard my mom and aunt talking and my mom sounded like she was happy actually and relived. I guess my cosuin was driving to the airport and he got a call on his cell phone saying that they already got some one else to fill his postion and he didnt need to go any more. So he turned around and went home. He wasnt able to contact his mom, my aunt, all day long because phone lines were out and they were all busy. So he finnaly was able to contact her later that night. I was so relived to here that he was not on that plane but I still felt so sorry for all the other familys and victimes. So i guess you could say this will always be a day the we will never forget and will always be part of the History of the US and in the World.


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