where were you?

  1. I know it's a bit early for the first anniversary of September 11th but I was just wondering if some people would like to share with the rest what they were doing or where they were on September 11th of last year.

    Thanks, Marie

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  3. by   Furball
    My husband and I had a rare day off together. We were relaxing on the couch sipping coffee watching the Today show....they broke away from their program to report smoke coming from the WTC...a plane had crashed...I thought "what moron crashed?" I thought it was that French stuntman who had crashed into the statue of liberty a few weeks before..remember him? Hanging from the statue with his parachute?.......I'll never forget hearing Matt Lauer's quiet, shocked voice "my God" when the second plane hit. Then the Pentagon...my God! Then the plane in PA....the President secretly flying all over....scary scary time. We watched it all live on TV. We sat on the couch almost the whole day, in shock, glued to the TV. The only other time I saw my hubby cry was when his dad died. It's hard to believe it's been a year.:stone :stone :stone :stone :stone :stone
  4. by   nurseratchett29
    I was in the tub on my day off and called my office just to check in and was told over the phone. I thought it was a joke until I turned on the TV
  5. by   eldernurse
    Someone had switched with me because they needed another day off. So, I was in bed. I was thinking about getting up. My daughter called and told me to turn on the TV, that I wouldn't believe it. My daughter works for a travel agency. My husband had been layed off the previous January and he had just started a new job at the very same agency. My daughter and I watched as the second plane hit. I still did not believe that it was anything but a horrible accident. She was speculating differently.
    Somehow I got a shower, then, the plane hit the Pentagon. My father had worked in the Pentagon years before. It had been his career. I was glad he was dead.
    When we heard about the plane around Pittsburgh, (our hometown), I feared for my other daughter who worked in a very tall building in the center of town. She ended up coming home early. I was thankful that all my family was alive.
    It is hard to realize that it is almost a year. It feels like yesturday. If there is any way to prevent this kind of thing again, we should do it.
  6. by   amblessing
    I was dropping my 7th grader off at school. We heard from the radio station that they had received a news fax that a small plane - like a cessna had crashed into the WTC. By the time I got home, 10 minutes later and turned on the news - I saw along with the rest of America the second plane crash into the other tower. I dropped my 9-year old daughter off at school and then I had to go to class (which was really tough - no one could concentrate). By the time I got out of class at about 10:30, the college had moved TVs into the lobbys and there were literally hundreds of students gathered around. By then of course we learned about the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania crash. They cancelled classes for the remainder of the day.

    I got to my car and turned on my cell phone I had 2 voice mails. One was from my 9-year old daughter who wanted to come home from school (which I did go get her) and the other was from my step-mom - My dad had left early that morning on American Airlines flight from Dallas to LA and of course at that time we didn't have much information on the flight numbers - so we of course were freaking out. Since 4 planes had already been hijacked we were frantic! He was in the air when all of this happened and they had to land at the nearest airport, which fortunately was back in Dallas - BUT they made the passengers sit on the plane for over 2 hours before they let them out. Such a very sad day
  7. by   nursegoodguy
    At work for a double shift, (trying to work...)
  8. by   Cowgirl
    I was in my Algebra class at school. I was so upset. I think our whole class was crying. In my head all I could think of to make me feel better was "A Country Girl will survive!":chuckle for you, who don't like country Hank jr. sings a song called "A country boy will survive" and It was really cool becase I was singing that song all day and about 2 weeks later they had a country music award and Hank jr. made a remix of the song called "America will survive" I thought it was really kewl!
    Last edit by Cowgirl on Aug 4, '02
  9. by   hoolahan
    I was off, had just put a load of laundry in, doing the crossword and sipping coffee when my hubby called from work, said to turn on the TV, and he could see the smoke from central jersey where he was working.

    I sat numb the whole day glued to the the tube. I was soooo tempted to go get my kids out of school, but I didn't want to freak them out. Couldn't wait until we were all together under the same roof that afternoon.
  10. by   warrior woman
    Iwas in bed asleep at the time. It waas a RARE day off for me, and Iwas sawing major logs. I thought I was still dreaming at first, until I started channel surfing. Then I just sat stunned along with the rest of the world. Part of me still doesn't want to believe it. I honestly thought the end of the world had come that day. Warrior Woman.
  11. by   Mkue
    It was a beautiful sunny morning in Ohio, I drove past my 6th graders school at 8:55 am and was so proud to see that he was helping to "raise" the "flag" as they routinely did every morning at 8:55 am. i felt so blessed and proud of him, " I waved " and he "waved" back, it was one of those surreal moments that make us feel proud to be American. I smiled for 2 miles at least..

    Arrived at class, waiting for the Prof.. hardly any students were there, what is going on? Prof. walked in ashen faced, asked all of us to go down to the Planetarium to watch CNN or whatever was on TV.. The few of us hurried down and witnessed the 2nd plane hitting a tower.

    I tried to leave, my feet were heavy, finally I could move the heavy feet.. left the building, called my son at college, called my husband, called my RN traveling sisters cell phone number, as I remembered she was flying out of Penn on or around the 11th. She answered and I've never been so relieved to hear her voice.

    God Bless All
  12. by   Gator,SN
    Sadly, I was at school and we had just finished a 2 hour lecture about death and dying, complete with a documentary about this subject. We left class for the day because the instuctor thought that the material was pretty heavy and it would be too hard to get the class's attention again. When we went out to the courtyard, everyone was talking about it and filled us in.......we went to the community rooms and sat speechless watching the news.........
    I don't think that it hit any of us for a few days......BUT,
    everyone was a lot nicer and quieter and polite for a while after that......
    I'll never forget it! I went home as soon as I heard about the plane in PA..(where I live) and all I wanted to do was hold my kids.....
  13. by   Q.
    I was driving to work, my usual 45 minute drive, and my car stereo actually wasn't working at the time, so I drove in silence.

    I got to work, and my co-workers prompty told me what happened, and at the same time my mom was calling me on my extension. At that time only one plane had crashed so I assumed it was just that....a freak accident. Only when I heard the Pentagon was penetrated did I start to feel a sense of alarm and impending doom.

    The clinic was particularly busy that day but we spent a lot of time on the phones comforting patients. It was a very hard day.
  14. by   Zee_RN
    I was online, of course. Talking to some other people who were also playing the online game; they live in Chicago. One of them said "A bomb went off at the Pentagon." I didn't think much of it; I thought a pipebomb in a car had gone off or something equally innocuous. I chatted for awhile to other individual who then logged off.

    Hubby called me from Seattle where he was on business. He said "A plane hit the WTC." I said, "you mean the Pentagon?" He said "YES, AND THE WTC!!" At that second I knew something TERRIBLE was happening. Like everyone else, I was glued to the TV for the rest of the day. I can't remember crying so much over a national event before that day. I DID get my kids out of school; I just had to have them with me.

    My mom LIVES in Shanksville where Flight 93 came down. Thankfully I had just spoken to her before the news that a plane was down in Shanksville, population 243. She had felt the plane hit the ground and thought a coal truck had slammed into her house. The plane came down 1.5 miles from her house. She saw the smoke. Bits of plaster from her ceiling had fallen on her bed from the impact.

    I'll never forget that day. Shanksville is expecting tens of thousands of visitors this September 11th and it is really such a tiny town! The site is memorable, though, if you ever get a chance to go there. Truly, heroes died there.

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