September 11: Where Were You?
Patch wants to know where you were on the day of the attacks on the twin towers at the World Trade Center in 2001.
Most people can tell you exactly what they were doing and how they felt when they heard the news on Sept. 11, 2001.
I'd just dropped off my daughter at preschool and was listening to the radio while driving home. I nearly drove off the road when I heard the news—but thought it was a radio stunt à la The War of the Worlds, where it was a fictional account of events. It was simply too horrible to be real.
When I got home, my babysitter was there with my younger daughter and we watched the twin towers fall on TV. I wasn't sure what to do—go back to the preschool and get my daughter? Take cover? Cry? Pray?
Call my brother! I suddenly remembered my brother Dan, who normally worked in Washington, DC, was in New York City for work.
I couldn't breathe—I was eight months pregnant at the time and my emotions were running high. Dan turned out to be shaken, but safe. He later decided to move to New York and lives there now.
I was most worried about what kind of world my son would be born into after such a tragic event.
During the hours and days after Sept. 11, I cried for all of the other pregnant women who were calling into the television stations saying that their husbands were missing. Last year was difficult when I saw features, like this one on ABC News, about the children who never met their fathers.
My son has thrived in a post 9/11 world, largely unaffected by the events of that day.
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