Monday, September 10, 2007



One of my favorite bloggers, Skittles has started a Tuesday meme. It's gonna be lots of fun-so you'll wanna join us right away! If you click on the Heads or Tails logo - it will take you to the post to tell you more about the meme.

This week's topic is "Your reflections or memories of the 9-11 terror attack".

I remember the morning/day very well. My husband and I were married on August 18. So, we were 'newlyweds'. He had been out milking (we were still a dairy farm at that time). He had come in for breakfast, and we were watching a morning TV show before I needed to get ready for work. They broke into the morning show to announce that a plane had flown into one of the towers. We watched as an 'expert' was being interviewed - he was being asked if he thought that this could possibly be a terror attack. In the midst of this 'expert' explaining that it was probably just an inexperienced pilot error and that people are too quick to jump to the conclusion of terrorism... the second plane flew into the other tower. I remember the feelings of disbelief, terror, and helplessness that overcame me. I remember looking at my husband and saying "Did that REALLY just happen?" As the announcers began to repeat over and over again "Another plane has now flown into the other tower!!" My husband and I just sat there - speechless. My husband even picked up the remote and flipped through other channels, because we couldn't believe what we were seeing - we thought it HAD to be some sort of trick photography to show what could have happened if it were, in fact, a terrorist attack.

I got ready for work. I drove to work listening to radio broadcasts of the attacks. I remember that I cried the whole way to work. I felt so helpless and defenseless. Just as I pulled into work, the local radio broadcast announced something about a plane over Cleveland (I lived in Ohio), and that the Cleveland-Hopkins Airport was being shutdown. I ran into work and turned on CNN. I later heard that all government buildings in Ohio were being closed. My boss was at the courthouse for a trial. He called me to check-in. As he talked, I realized that he had no idea what had happened. Then he realized that I was crying. He asked what was wrong. I remember asking "You didn't hear anything in Court about what has happened?" He had not heard, and I began to attempt to tell him - I still was in disbelief, and when I told him, he was too. He said something like "Are you sure about this?" When he came back to the office, the two of us sat together watching the TV, and we both cried. He sent me home early that day, and the subsequent days consisted of watching the TV and listening to the radio to hear the updates on rescues, searches, and eyewitness/survivor accounts.

I remember seeing the people on TV holding up signs with people's photos and names on them, because they were desperately trying to find out news of their loved ones - Every time, every photo, every name, would make me cry. I also remember my boss trying to calm me down when I would be in my office typing, while a news channel played on the TV in the background - I would hear some idiot, moron of a reporter ask a young child "And, how did it feel when you found out your daddy died in the tower?" I would be yelling and cursing at the reporter on the TV, as my boss would come out of his office to calm me down. Honestly, he didn't mind - he likes that I am so emotional and full of feeling for others. I would point at the TV and scream "That stupid idiot just asked how this child felt when he found out his daddy was dead!?!? I CAN'T believe that I used to dream about and want to be a journalist!" I know they were just doing their jobs, but... well, never mind - I'm rambling too much as it is. I'll leave you with this... Have I forgotten? NEVER

16 comments:

A.J.Reams

It's very hard to re-live that day. Your post put me into tears...again! I think I need to stop reading everyones posts for a while.

bundle-o-contradictions

I quit watching TV during that time. I would rather have been "ignorant" than force fed those images repeatedly.

Mike

It was quite unbelievable for many to see those images. It's also unfortunate that some "reporters" can be so callous about it. Good post.

Skittles

These posts ARE sad and getting harder to read. BUT.. imagine how the family members of those who died feel? They can't just walk away or turn off their computers.

If we forget the pain, we forget too much.

Great video.

meeyauw

The people searching for family with photos were the most heartbreaking part of the coverage after it happened.

FRIGGA

Well said.

(Sorry, my dial-up won't do the video clips).

tegdirb92

wow, our initial reaction was very similar. We must have been watching the same program with the same person being interviewed. I thought that it might have been a joke too because the reporters seemed so stunned! The worst program to watch was when they called out EVERY single person who was killed in the attack. Heart Wrenching.

Thanks for the birthday wishes for Ethan--he will be 13 this year!!!

I apologize for not visiting much last week--we were so swamped with stuff to do. We are going on vacation all of next week and I am frantically trying to pack for seven!! I promise to visit you more often :)

Take Care,
Bridget

mharia

It's really so sad ...

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls

So very sad, and hard to read all of these, but it's necessary to remember and honor those who heroes among us every day.

katherine.

the idiot reporters who asked those questions ticked me off too....

that day was a shared experience for many of us...

Mama Pajama

I remember being angry at the journalists as well. Great post!

Tammy

How anybody can ask a child a question like that is horrible. Sometimes I wonder how people like that look at themselves in the mirror.

Shan

I, too, thought that it was a hoax...that someone had to have tricked us somehow.

Sad that it couldn't be true...

Rambler

"I remember seeing the people on TV holding up signs with people's photos and names on them, because they were desperately trying to find out news of their loved ones"
I feel so much for them, just trying to imagine not knowing where they are, and if they are alive or not, can be so frightening

Bubba's Sis

No one will ever forget that day. Ever.

Smalltown RN

It was all so tragic and senseless.....we will never forget.....

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