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September 11th, 2011, 06:28 AM
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Where were you 10 years ago today?

Those of you with older children, how are you talking about today?
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September 11th, 2011, 07:46 AM
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I was asleep. My mother came and woke me up. She was in a chat room (remember those?) and didn't believe it until she turned on the tv and saw for herself.

I remember that both of my parents panicked and were afraid that the terrorists were going to invade us. We rushed to the store and stocked up on everything we could get our hands on. I guess we weren't the only ones because the store was packed and people were fighting over stuff.

I was 17.
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September 11th, 2011, 08:15 AM
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I was at home in Austin, getting ready to go to class (grad school) and had the tv on in the background. It was after the first plane hit and they were still trying to figure out what happened. Being a New Yorker, I immediately called my mom to say that another small plane had crashed into one of the Twin Towers - thinking it was like many years ago when a small private plane accidentally hit the very top of the Empire State Building. While we were on the phone the second plane hit and we knew this was no longer an accident. I remember watching everything unfold, feeling absolute shock and fear, wondering what would happen next. Didn't know what to do or whether I was supposed to go to school anyway that day. It seems crazy now, but we were only allowed a certain number of absences. Went to class and thankfully our professor handled it all very gracefully and we all sat and talked about our feelings, our backgrounds, etc. Learned more about my classmates that day than the rest of the semester. I remember the shock and sadness that followed for a long time afterwards. I also remember feeling incredibly grateful - having spent the first 21 years of my life in NY it was amazing that I didn't know anyone who lost their lives that day.

My SIL flew to Orlando early this morning for work. It was a huge relief to get her text message saying they arrived and were making their way to the gate. I've said my private thank you's to G-d for keeping her safe today, but I'm also posting it here. In the past I would have said its just superstitious fear on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 but then again, who could have ever predicted 9/11?
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September 11th, 2011, 08:31 AM
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I was a senior in high school. We were at a career fair at a the local university. We were on the bus on our way back to school and people's parents starting calling them about it. At that point we didn't really know what was going on. When we got back to school they had everybody in the cafeteria watching the news. It was crazy. It is still hard to believe. Can't believe it's been 10 years since everything happened.
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September 11th, 2011, 09:23 AM
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That was one of the most terrifying days of my life. I still cry when I think about it.

I was in the 11th grade and hanging out in the drama room with some friends when someone who was surfing the net yelled out to turn on the radio. We listened as they described the first attack and then the announcer screamed out as the second one hit. We listened as the plane hit the pentagon, landed in Pennsylvania, and all other planes were being grounded. I remember how no one knew how many planes had been hijacked and the announcer was telling us that 13 planes were unaccounted for.

My dad worked in the Pentagon at the time, as did about 75% of the parents of the kids at my school. Everyone was in a panic not knowing if their parents were okay or not. Cell phones were done, and landlines were jammed. When I got home my mom told me she couldn't get in touch with my dad, but that she knew his office had been one of the ones destroyed. We all sat at home and just cried and watched the news and hoped for some news that our dad was okay.

A few hours later a taxi pulled up and my dad got out. I have never felt such relief. He had been in the underground gym when the plane hit which is why he was okay. The aftermath was just as scary as friends lost their parents, our area was all volunteer fire fighters - including a large portion of our school - and they all bused out to NY to help. Their reports and pictures were awful and sad. A lot of seniors that year enlisted into the military.
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September 11th, 2011, 09:27 AM
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I was a freshman in college, just 2 weeks into my first semester. I was getting dressed in my apartment and had CNN on as background noise. I saw them show the first plane hit, but didn't process what was happening. I thought there was a movie on or something. Then, I ran to work and my boss told me what was happening. I spent my entire shift (computer lab) on the computer reading about it.

There were threats on all the bridges around the Bay Area (Golden Gate, Bay, etc) and I remember my mom and sister calling and wanting me to go home to my mom's house in Central CA for a few days, but I stayed where I was.
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September 11th, 2011, 09:29 AM
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Oh Beth, I can't even imagine how terrifying that must have been waiting to hear about your dad. It must have been such an enormous relief seeing him get out of that taxi.
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September 11th, 2011, 10:18 AM
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I was a junior is HS and we just sat in class and watched it all unfold on the tv..it was so awful..our teachers were freaking out and it just felt like utter chaos. Matt was in college but came home to pick me up from school..we went to a church and prayed that night.

God Bless America!!!
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September 11th, 2011, 11:05 AM
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I was in high school taking a standardized test that day. I heard about it right away because the seat I was in was next to the teacher's desk, and I heard her talking to another teacher that came in to tell her what was going on. They didn't tell any of the students until after the testing was done for the day.
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September 11th, 2011, 05:49 PM
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I was an Australian, working in England at an American Investment Bank. It was about 1pm and everyone was whispering and trying to replay something on their computers... I could sort of hear whispers about an accident with a plane going into a building...I couldn't quite see what was going on but I then tried to log onto news websites myself but everything was down due to overload. It was truly surreal when I found out. They talked about England being next and that weekend I sat with my Australian and New Zealand housemates and wondered whether I should just pack up and go home to Australia (I stayed).

The attack on England didn't happen til 2 years after I left England. I read a lot of 9/11 stuff this weekend, it still makes me cry, even though I was removed from it not being an American, it still felt very personal with so many lives lost.

Beth I can't imagine the sitting and waiting... ...and the relief.

I won't be talking about it with my children just yet. My 6yo is very sensitive and to try to explain something that can't really understand myself... he will just worry.
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September 11th, 2011, 06:21 PM
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I did talk about it with my 4 year old and 5 year old today. I was watching some shows on the history channel, and they seen it. They started asking questions about what was going on, and I answered their questions the best I could. The only time I didn't answer their question honestly was when they showed a video of a person falling out of the building. My dd asked me what fell out of the building, and I told her I didn't know what it was. My dd told me that what those bad people did wasn't very nice, and that the police should put them in jail. Mostly what they asked was basic stuff like what happened, how did a plane hit the buildings, was it an accident, did people get hurt, did the bad people get put in jail, and stuff like that. I think it is important for my kids to know what happened, and as they get older I will tell them more about it. I thought it was going to be harder to talk to them about it, but since I let them lead the conversation it was pretty easy.
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September 11th, 2011, 09:31 PM
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Beth, I was in tears reading your story I can't even imagine the relief you felt when he got home.

I was just starting my junior year of college and my best friend and I were taking an intro science class we needed for our minor, we were both biology majors so this class was crazy easy for us so we mainly sat in the back and goofed off for an hour. I'd been in class all morning so I had no idea what was going on until we saw on the overhead "WTC bombing". We were all confused but this teacher wasn't the brightest bulb so we figured he was trying to somehow tie in the previous bombing into some kind of environmental science. It was the last thing on his 'agenda' for the day so it took a while for him to finally tell us what was up. Our college didn't offer cable in the dorm rooms unless you paid for it yourself so most people didn't have tv in their rooms, only in the lobbies of the dorms themselves. I lived in our sorority house so we did have cable but no one really watched tv in the morning. After class everyone on campus was running back to their rooms, houses, any where they could find a tv to watch what was happening. The living room of our house was full. Classes became optional that day. Of a campus of 1200 students we had 2 interns that should have been at the WTC that day along with a few alumni. Miraculously none of them were there that day.
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September 11th, 2011, 11:06 PM
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I was 14. I went to school and all the classrooms had the tv on and were watching the news and everyone was in tears. I didnt really understand what was going on back then, but I am so proud of how strong and beautiful our country is <3
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September 12th, 2011, 10:20 AM
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I was a senior in college, on my way up to campus on the bus when we heard the news over the radio. I went to my first class, which ended up being canceled and then headed to the student center to watch the broadcast of what was happening. I was watching as the second tower was hit and stayed there until both came crumbling down. I was emotional, but am almost more so about it now.

Beth - what a horrible thing to ahve to wait through. I'm very grateful your dad stepped out of that cab.
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