Where I was back then

Ten years ago I had just graduated high school and was working a crap overnight job living in Illinois with my friend Sarah’s family. I remember waking up and seeing the television with the towers smoking, but in my sleepy haze from coming in only a few hours prior I thought that I was still dreaming of superheroes.

When I woke up later that day and saw the televisions were still the same, I knew something had happened.  The talk about the events that transpired continued to late in the night… around a different television with our other friends.

We didn’t know how much the world was going to change.  I didn’t know anyone in New York or in the service.  I don’t believe my friends did either.

I remember how much travel has changed because of it.  How 10 years ago I wouldn’t think there would be anti-terrorist troops out in masses on my train ride cross town to see my dad or the massive lines of security at the airport.

I would like to say that Americans are less selfish than they used to be.  I would like to say that we have united together for something greater.

One nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

Ten years have passed and we have made some progress towards that goal.  But we still aren’t quite there yet.

Where were you when 9/11 happened? How has it changed you? I want to know.

Always Remember.

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2 thoughts on “Where I was back then

  1. Jennifer, ten years ago I was getting ready for work and watching TV and while I watched the Towers burning and then falling I didn’t really process because it was so surreal. I still went to work but no one at work was working we were all talking glued to our computers watching the news.

    It’s possible that we left work early I can’t remember much of that day….too many emotions.

    The sense of security was something as Americans we were used to that was shattered during 9/11. Now we live like most people live in the world the sense that anything could happen anywhere. I don’t allow that to keep me from travelling either. Politically there’s a lot I don’t agree with that happened or was passed by the government by using 9/11 as an excuse.

  2. I remember crying out of horror for the people in those planes and buildings, and thinking about how terrible it was that anyone could lose their humanity to the point where they would do something so horrendous to other human beings.

    Now, it makes me sad to think about how much the world has changed, how much fear that day generated, and how it will be with us, making us weaker and worse, for years to come. I guess that’s why they call it terror.

    I’m so sick of that latent stress and fear. I’m sick of worrying, and I miss the optimism of the days before 9/11. I guess only time will fade these ghosts away… luckily, our culture is not known for dwelling on things.

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