I don't think you realize how fast time goes by until you think back on something as monumental as 9/11 and can't believe it happened 15 years ago. Everything about the world as we know it changed that day and it's nearly impossible to remember life before.
I don't have a compelling 9/11 story. For that I would recommend that you visit my friend Stunning Keisha's blog. Her Pop's experience that day was chilling. For me, it was just an ordinary day, but it was a beautiful day, the sky just as clear and blue in Vermont as it was in lower Manhattan. I went into work for 9, turned on my computer, checked out the news as I always do, and read reports of the first tower being hit. I immediately picked up the phone and called my mom to tell her to turn on the news. Then my boss called out from his office that the second tower had been hit. My co-workers and I all went into his office because his was the only computer able to stream live video and everyone immediately understood the gravity of the situation. Somehow we managed to get back to work, but as the Pentagon, Shanksville, and the collapses happened we all gathered together again.
At lunchtime I went to the grocery store and a television was even set up in there. Everyone was so quiet, just going through the motions. I went home, turned on the news, and didn't turn it off for days. I became a news junkie, watching as we lost our innocence and became a nation at war. One of my favorite quotes during that time (and I have it written down somewhere, I just can't find it) was by Shepard Smith on the FOX Report on September 10, 2002. Referring to one year before, the quote ended with, "and the nation enjoyed a final night of peace."
Every year during the week of my birthday the television airwaves are flooded with memorial specials, and I watch them all. I don't ever want to forget the horror of that day and how our lives changed because of it. Time marches on and we can't live in the past, but allowing ourselves to forget the magnitude of what happened can never be an option.
What's your 9/11 story?
We're entering our 9/11 graphic in the Sunday Selfies blog hop hosted by The Cat on My Head.