I Remember

Seven years and the memory starts to fade, but like my parent's generation and JFK's assassination, I remember just where I was standing when Tower 1 fell and the world changed.

I was in Big Bear, a supermarket that no longer exists, standing in line buying 1 pound bags of M&Ms for a project at work. The store had brought a TV on a cart up to the check out area and those of us in line watched as the tower came down. I don't remember any words being spoken, no words were necessary - or adequate.

Before I sat in our morning scheduling meeting and we laughed that some knucklehead had flown his plane into the WTC. We assumed it had been one guy in a Cessna at that time. We were naive.

I spent the rest of the workday trying to stay on task, but in reality hitting refresh on CNN.com.

I spent the night until I couldn't keep my eyes open watching CNN, waiting for the amazing rescue story that never came.

Seven years later and it wasn't until I read some other posts that I paused to think about that day. Memories fade, but I'm not sure that this one should.

Where were you? What do you remember?

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I was at home.

I remember talking with my husband about the plane hitting the tower. When a plane goes down the airline folks all start looking for reason, information, and they start praying. Working for the airlines and having your plane just hit the towers is a hard thing to fathom. I can't remember who made the call, he was at work. When the second tower was hit I thought it was air traffic control gone crazy. I told him the towers were going to collapse, for some reason I knew they were. He kept saying no they won't. When the word terrorist was said I started telling him to leave the airport. The largest non military computer system in the front yard and the planes in the back made it a target. My sister worked for EDS at the time so I was worried for her. Tulsa looked a bit frightening.

The skies that were full of jet sounds fell silent my husband and I stood outside listening to nothing that night.

The Oklahoma City bombing had us prepared for the body counts you become a bit numb.

I later asked the local firefighters to join us for photographs of a flag draped over their truck and my scouts in front with them for a thank you notes for those in the New York area. The firefighters seemed to need a boost of fun from my boys and I'll treasure that time with those men. The cards were sent to a man who had trained and worked beside some of those firefighters lost. I was given some horrid information from his cousin about the scene at ground zero. I doubt I'll ever forget that. God walked with those folks who searched for those lost.

I was sitting in an Einstein Bros sipping coffee and eating a bagel.. interesting that, like Big Bear, that place is no longer there.

And Milly.. I was just laid off from EDS a few months prior.. probably didn't know your sister though.

It is amazing how quickly we have forgotten the shock of that day. Although none of us will ever forget were we were when we heard (I was at a ladies' mission meeting) we are beginning to lose the impact of that day. Our church showed a music and video montage of that day on Sunday and the images still bring back horror and disbelief. I found myself sitting there crying and at the same time thinking, "Could it really be that two 110 story buildings fell in the middle of NYC?" It is almost unreal. I think you're right and we need to be reminded so the memory doesn't fade.

Was doing billing in the basement. Partner called and said planes crashed into the the tower. Went up and saw the second plane hit. Didn't feel like doing anything else all day just made me sick. Wish he wouldn't have called and maybe I would have got more done.



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