I tend to go through stages of thinking about 9/11/01 - it's always there but some days more than others I have it on my mind. Today I've been thinking about that awful day and the days after and have some items that I remember and won't ever forget.
1. Waking up to the news on 9/11/01 and being half asleep thinking what the hell is going on?
2. Turning on the TV on 9/11/01 and seeing but not believing what I was seeing.
3. Waking up my sister (me and kid lived with her then) and her then BF now husband by saying an airplane flew into the World Trade Center and her BF sitting straight up in bed saying "WHAT" "WHAT" "WHAT"?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
4. Hearing updates on TV that I didn't not believe at first - the first report of smoke at the Pentagon. I remember thinking oh brother, now the news is flipping out.
5. I don't remember driving to work.
6. Being at work in a state of disbelief. Everyone listing to the radio and wondering what the hell was happening. Hearing about other planes that were missing and possibly hijacked. Hearing crazy stories of planes practically falling out the sky.
8. Driving home and having to pull over a few times because I was so upset that I could not drive or see.
9. Hearing that hundreds of Firefighters were missing. And not believing that it wouldn't be resolved.
10. On Friday, 9/14 going to the bank to cash my paycheck after listening to the National Anthem at noon on KMPS 94.1 ( they still do that today) and bawling inside the bank. That week you did not have to ask why other people were crying, the teller said to me, "I know just how you feel."
11. Watching TV and seeing Buckingham Palace playing the National Anthem for the first time ever and seeing people crying and waving American Flags. It's actually on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwrX-LN9-L0
The man in the picture is at a 9/11 Memorial last year. It's almost six years now - still hurts just the same.