Where were you when the world stopped turning, that September day?
I was in algebra, my freshmen year at WTAMU. I did not know at the time that while I was daydreaming about breakfast or a nap after class that a horrific tragedy had just happened, half a world away, to my fellow Americans, that would change thousands of lives forever. Heck, it has changed the American way of life forever!
As I walked to my next class, ditching the idea of a nap, I overheard someone say “a plane just crashed into the World Trade Center!”
My path to phys ed was diverted with that statement and I ended up plastered to the tv in my dorm room watching the second plane hit and the towers fall.
I decided to go to my US History class because it was a hard class so I couldn’t miss but I figured I would learn something about what had happened from my history professor. Not a word from her on what had just happened. I was beginning to wonder if I was losing it, that no one else had seen what was covering the news channels and would cover the front page of the newspapers for weeks to come.
I went back to my dorm room before work and couldn’t peel my eyes from the tv footage of people covered in dust, taking shelter or running from the building which aired all day long and for many days after that.
Later in the afternoon I heard about the flight that hit the Pentagon and the plane that crashed in a Pennsylvania field because of heroic passengers that fought back.
I was glad my sister was at school with me because the feeling of fear and uncertainty was overwhelming. My parents lived almost six hours away so a trip home just to hug my families neck was out of the question. That was especially true since the lines at the gas pump went for many city blocks because people were worried about oil, the stock market and our financial world collapsing.
Tomorrow I will present videos and pictures, speeches and songs in a tribute to a generation of kids who weren’t even alive on that day. Always remember 9/11 and teach the younger generation about that day and the resilience of Americas everyday!