Each year we relive what happened that tragic day…here is my story.
The morning of September 11, 2001, was like any typical late summer morning; school has been in session for almost a month. The air was warm, and the day started early; I headed off to school that morning unknowingly what events that day would change our nation and rock the world. I was in 8th grade that warm September morning; we were just settling into our first class of the day. For me, this happened to Eighth Grade Language Arts, at our school the “study hall” rooms were used as classrooms and they had those iconic “college seating” seats. My classroom was the closest to the entrance to the school and directly across from the office. The office staff often relied on student aides to help with messages to teachers etc. I remember fondly of music always playing for the staff, however, I’d imagine the office was different.
We were just getting ready to start a lesson (I believe vocabulary) and all of a sudden there was knock on the door; it was the aide. She proclaimed “Turn on the TV!” and left quickly. My guess would be to tell some of the other teachers. I was sitting directly in front of one of the two televisions in the room. My teacher turned on the TV just as the second plane was hitting the second tower. I sat in disbelief; Was this really happening? How could it happen? My mind wondered with who, what, and why; as I sat there watching the events unravel and the newscasters frantically trying to explain what had just happened. I sat thinking to myself the possibilities of how it could have happened. I thought that they have used some kind of knives to regrettably kill the pilots.
I can only imagine the hell those people witnesses as those people took over the plan and killed everyone on board and in the trade center. While the events were horrific, I couldn’t help to be fascinated by it. Throughout the school day, we bribed our teachers to keep up to date on what was happening. It wasn’t until mid afternoon my 4th-period class; Science she was all about getting things done and honestly a real bitch if you asked me but anyways…she had NO idea that it even occurred. Her room was in the back of the building so I guess by then it hasn’t traveled to her yet. We begged to watch TV and she did allow us to turn it on for a little bit and she was in utter shock at what had happened. By then the towers we’re gone, New York City was a cloud of dust, soot, and human remains.
I don’t remember if by then we knew about the heroic actions of those who help take down the terrorists into a field in Pennsylvania. That plane could have hit us somewhere here in the Cleveland area as it turned around directly over us. Very scary thought, and throughout the rest of the school day I couldn’t wait to get home to hear more of what had happened. I was 13-14 at the time this was happening and I was actively involved on the internet especially chat rooms. I had been talking to a young man who was 17 years old at the time and living in Kuwait. We were talking for a long while when 9/11 happened, and actually he left very close to when 9/11 occurred for mandatory military training. That honestly scared the crap out of me, could he be one of them? For about two weeks the US blocked ALL methods of communications from the Middle East to the United States.
Finally, we were able to get in touch via email. I was relieved that he was not one of them; he told me that he tried to message me, email, and even phone me with no success. He was worried that it happened close to me; luckily it didn’t but it was still a devastating event. To this date I find 9/11 to be a mournful and depressing day for all the 2,977 lives that were lost that day. I can’t even bare to myself to watch or look at pictures of what had happened that day. Thankfully, I didn’t have anyone who lived in the New York area or on any of the flights.
The events that happened that day could have been a lot worse, we could have had a nationwide disaster scene on our hands; and a lot more lives could have been lost. I feel for those who lost their lives and the family of the loved ones who lost a piece of their family during the events of 9/11. We may have fallen as one, but we stand together.