48 thoughts on “Friday Favorites- special edition- 9/11

  1. I was building a new spec home, standing in the driveway when my lumberyard rep pulled in..he said, “have you been listening to the news?” (I hadn’t) I can still remember the look on his face…the rest of the day, listening to snippets of news as things evolved. Not knowing what was happening, what would happen next… How about you? Were you living in NY City at that point in your life?

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  2. That day had an impact on the whole world. I remember standing in my living room, with my two young children playing, watching in horror as the events appeared on my TV. I phoned my husband at work to tell him what was happening and they were all watching in his office too. We truly couldn’t believe our eyes. Thinking of all those affected today.

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  3. I was at work on 9/11. We listened to the radio, I remember hearing about the plane that crashed in Pa and all I kept thinking was I work for a company that does archival work for The Library of Congress and would we be a target. Worked stopped that day. I remember them bringing TV’s into the break room to watch the news, everyone was 😱. My manager at the time was distraught because her son lived in NY near the towers or quite possibly also worked in them. I remember driving home and seeing the solidarity of a country in mourning. Yet I also remember a few days later eating in my favorite Syrian restaurant and someone throwing a rock through the window, I also remember a few ex friends calling me a terrorist just because I was a 1/4 Syrian. 19 years from now I will still remember 9/11 as it occurred, but if you mean 9/11 2020. 2020 itself will be remembered for the 1/2 century celebration I wanted became the day I found out I had the coronavirus.

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    1. I will never forget my co workers memorial. Walking home from an office building and not knowing if I was going to live or die. People covered in ash. The pictures f missing people posted everywhere. The smell,of death

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      1. I was 7 months pregnant. Has to walk down from 45th floor because office building shut down elevators. Stairwell filled with people crying and helping each other down

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  4. I was at a young mom’s group in church when we received the initial news. I remember feeling in shock and how all of us gathered in a circle, crying and praying. Then I took my little ones home and spent the remainder of the day watching the horrible images on TV. It’s one of those days you just can’t erase from your mind.

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  5. Two dear friends have birthdays on September 11. Shortly after 6 a.m., I dialed my friend on the East Coast, 9 her time, and was puzzled to hear an “all circuits are busy” message. Seconds later, the other friend whose birthday is 9/11 called me. She is on the West Coast, so I started to say, “Happy birthday! What are you doing up so early?” But before I could say a word, she told me. She was crying hysterically. Life has never been the same, has it? And so very sobering to contemplate that in the pandemic we have lost 64 times the number of people who died that day 19 years ago. As I always do, I will call both of my birthday friends today, and we will be sad, as we always are on this day.

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  6. Kids had a late start for school and I was getting them ready as it was my day off. TV was on and the breaking news came in with the awfulness. I couldn’t believe it and even my youngest who was 6 at the time watched and was as mesmerized as my 13 and 15 year old. I remember they were all late for school that morning as were many others as we watched this all unfold. What about you? What do you remember?

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    1. Oh wow. I was 7 months pregnant to. Working in a large building consulting. One of my coworkers was in 7 world trade…he made it out. ,my other co worker was at cantor. He did not. I remember wondering what building would be next…thinking my walking route home….I was near grand central, the un, the Chrysler building and the Empire State Building…seeing people covered in ash….hearing the never ending sirens….ugh

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  7. We were in Colorado for a n International Trade Show and had the Weather Channel on to see what the forecast was going to be while getting dressed for the day. The news broke into the Weather Channel and we stared, horrified at the planes hitting the building. We thought it was footage from a movie or something – could not believe what we were seeing was real. The rest of the Trade Show had everyone plastered in front of t.v.s, and of course, it took us an extra 2 days to get home to Florida after it was over. We complain about security at Airports now – but holy cow, that was one LONG day, getting onto a flight out. People were renting moving vans just to get out of the city, and all I could do was re-dial my family over and over again, hoping at some point they would pick up a phone. They were fine, but even around Central Park, there were ashes everywhere.

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    1. I have no words to express how I felt, and continue to feel. No one realizes how many people have died of cancer because of that. Or the suicides. And the ptsd. The toll is far greater than anyone realizes.

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  8. I was in a meeting at the jail. The director’s secretary came in and handed them a note. They told someone to get the tv and turn it on. I thought it was some local news that had implications for the jail so I took the time to run to the restroom. Once I saw what had happened I called my wife to see if she had heard and to find out if she had staff in the area of the towers. Then the rest of the day was worry about her in DC and then trying to figure out when and how she could get out of the city.

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  9. I woke up at nine and turned on the tv before I went for a walk. I thought what I was.watching was a preview.of a new movie. I turned it off and went.for a.walk. when i got home my roommate called me and filled me on what.was happening. Sending you hiugs and love today.

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  10. I was at work wondering why no one was shopping until someone came in and told me. I knew people who normally took those shuttle flights from Boston to NYC, they took earlier flights that day. My son was away on a school trip and the teachers and chaperones kept the news from those 6th graders all week, it must have been extremely hard and painful for them. There was a newspaper(I think) article about them, those kids were labeled the happiest kids in the country because of the quick thinking of those adults.

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  11. I was working at the time in a school as a LSP. I had just returned from marking when I bumped into the head who asked me to take a class as the teacher had gone home. Then a younger member of staff asked me what it meant if the Twin Towers in America were attacked, I remember answering deep shit. I still didn’t know at this point. It was when I went into the staff room and everyone was watching the TV I found out. I remember standing there feeling sick unable to get my breath and crying. The teacher who had gone home has a son that worked close by, he turned out to be OK, but I still feel cold when I remember that time. I can’t imagine how you feel.

    Love and bright blessings to you and yours.

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  12. I was home sick from work, which I seldom was, and slept in. My mother called me around 9:30 and told me to turn on the TV. She had been driving to the mall to go shopping, but after hearing the news on the car radio, turned around and came right home, even though we live in Canada. We were both worried about my brother who was on a flight somewhere, but thankfully okay and nowhere near New York. I remember the newspapers and news shows being full of horrible stories and pictures of people jumping in mid-air. (Since then I haven’t been able to stay in hotel above the 6th floor max.) How awful for you to have been in the thick of things and worried about family and colleagues. What I remember most is the fear that we didn’t know the extent of what else would come next…..and the air space being shut down and all those planes being diverted to Newfoundland for four days.
    What will I remember of this pandemic year and lock/down? In general the slower pace of life, how going out anywhere requires more thought and effort if you can go at all with so many things cancelled….most of the fun things in life are gone….the whole year feels like it’s been on hold. It’s been a cocooning type of year. I’m grateful to be retired and not working in health care anymore due to fears of Covid exposure. I haven’t been impacted by job loss/money woes/worry about making rent, so I am thankful for that too, but worry about those who are and how they will ever recover.

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  13. I was getting the kids ready for school in CA and we had the news on. I was startled, shocked and worried on whether or not it was safe to take the kids to school. Their teacher was a friend of mine and she said to bring them to school and try to keep their day as normal as possible. My husband worked for a large brokerage firm and lost several friends that day.

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  14. From the other side of the world waking up to the news was frightening. I remember arriving at work and one of the lads had brought in a television so we could keep up with what was happening.
    Management took the TV away and told us to get back to work. Clients on the phone wanted to download about the events but we hadn’t seen or heard enough to comment. It was embarrassing. One of those blue chip companies run by idiots : I walked ………….

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  15. I do remember where I was and what I was doing when I saw the news. It is seared into my memories. Nineteen years from now, if I am still alive, I will likely remember the challenges and blessings of this pandemic. Nothing as traumatic as what happened nineteen years ago has happened on this particular day in 2020 so this particular date and time holds no particular ability to brand me forever.

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      1. LA, I also remember everything that day as I am sure my brother working with his wife at NY Hospital remembered everything. I still watch people’s reaction carefully as a moment of silence is observed. Thanks for hearing. We wish you the best.

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