Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering 9/11/01



When the planes hit the towers on September 11, 2001, I lived in New Jersey and was out running an errand. I arrived home and had a strange message on the phone from my mother about war on the television, bombs in the towers. Whatever she said, I thought she was mistaken.

A message from my brother, who live in Staten Island at the time followed, "Hey, Nordette. Tell Mom that I'm o.k. because she's probably watching the news and will be worried about me, but I'm o.k. I didn't go to work today." Had he gone to work he would have been on a subway under the towers when the planes flew into them.

I wrote a tribute that's about six years old that's no longer on the Net. I should repost it. Remember how some of us couldn't tear ourselves away from CNN and other news sources? I was one of those people riveted to the television until the swish and thud of the bodies hitting the pavement, those of people who jumped from the buildings to avoid being burned alive drove me to a sobbing mess.

For months after I had nightmares. Today, eight years after that tragic day, I still choke up when I see shots of the New York skyline without the towers. I hope we never see anything so horrible again.

1 comment:

underOvr (aka The U) said...

Nordette,

I've often wondered how many people decided not to go to work that day. Like your brother, I made a similar decision to stay at home, instead of going to my Arlington (VA) office (near the Pentagon). Like you, I was riveted to my television when I received word from my daughter.

I hope you're able to recover your earlier written post.

U