Once again, the anniversary of 9/11 falls on a Tuesday. (I was also at the Starbucks mentioned in the story below just yesterday.) Where were you when you heard the news?
Here's my story: I was on a break from teaching, like every Tuesday, and
actually spent the time of the attacks in blissful ignorance at a
nearby Starbucks. I had CD's on in my car instead of the radio, so I
totally missed the news on both the way over and the way back. I did
hear someone listening to a radio on the Starbucks patio and they were
talking about "the second plane," but it didn't register with me at all.
(It amazed me later that nobody walked inside and told us about it.)
I got back to the school, the flute teacher stopped me in the hallway
and asked me if all my students were being pulled out of school
(evidently hers were). I said, "No, why?" and she told me what had
happened. I spent the rest of the day like everyone else, in shocked,
depressed amazement, catching the news when I could. There I was, not
even two weeks into being a homeowner, and the world suddenly felt so
different. It added to the pall cast over everything when I found out
that the sister of a girl I graduated from high school with was on
Flight 93, the one that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. (I know that
there have been quite a few lists of names read aloud today, so let me
share hers: Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas. May she rest in peace...)
whole thing felt so surreal; how could anyone hate us that much? The
concept of the suicide hijacking was unprecedented as well (before that,
hijackers just usually wanted to go to Cuba, and that's why airline
personnel were taught to cooperate with them rather than try to subdue
I know there are still terrorist plots being hatched, and
people capable of carrying them out...but I hope nothing like this ever
happens on U.S. soil again. Or anywhere, for that matter.
As I often say on this day, I hope nobody tires of talking about this every once in a
while, because if we stop talking, we might forget, and this is a day
that need not be forgotten anytime soon.