#2433 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
I was studying when my mother called me saying: "come here, look what's happened!!".
I came and saw the first accident...then I watched TV all afternoon, trying to call my boyfriend who was travelling by train.
Then I realised how my problems were so little in front of this absurd sadness...but during that day I was absolutely shocked. It seemed as my world had changed in a couple of minutes.
Sorry if I committed mistakes, but I'm Italian and it's time since I spoke and wrote English.
Thank you for the realization of this site: it's a good way to share our personal experience, unique and terribla for each one.

Francesca | 20 | Italy

#2392 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
i woke up at around 8 am..restless...i woke up and stared at my boyfriend at the time sleeping..then i stumbled out into the living room to watch like regis or something stupid so hopefully i would pass back out...but well you know what happened eventually..the most eerie part was when after the first plane hit and they had not known what had caused this destruction yet..and while they were sitting there live, talking about it..all you see in the backround was the other airplane strike...right there..the feeling came over me like i was just stabbed in the heart...so i went and woke up my boyfriend and he wouldn't wake up because he didn't believe me at first but then i just left because i couldn't keep my eyes off the tv..and like 10 min later he went out and was just like..in total awe...so we sat there and watched it together until he went to work..all i did all day was drink and drink and drink and drink...watch tv and drink..the thing that i shouldn't have had done but i didn't know what else to do..i mean..you feel so helpless...staring at this peice of technology like you are there but not being able to reach out and give anyone a hug...it hurt...and today..once again..i woke up at 8 am...and turned on the tv and watched and watched..and cried...and wished i could be there to just give one person a hug
jen | 20 | Florida

#2384 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
i was asleep in bed with my boyfriend. the alarm went off around 10:30 am and before he turned it off i groggily heard that the pentagon had been attacked. i assumed that i had misheard or that it was a joke and we both fell back asleep. at 11:30 i finally woke up and walked back to my own dorm room. it was an absolutely beautiful day outside. as i approached my door i ran into my roommate, who had locked herself out. i smiled, and said hello. instead of returning my greeting, she responded that the trade centers had been attacked. we ran back to our room and sat glued to the t.v. set. after the intial shock subsided i called my family and my boyfriend, whose brother worked across the street in another building in the world trade complex. in a stroke of amazing luck, his brother had been assigned to fly to chicago that morning and had safely landed there. for the rest of the day i remained, like the rest of the nation, horrified and in awe.
erica | 20 | Connecticut

#2373 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
My 1 year old son Nikolas had just woken me up out of bed when the first plane hit the tower. This was very unusual because we were both on a late schedule because I went to school at night, and he didn't usually get up until 10. When I got downstairs I turned the TV on and I saw the worst thing that has ever happened. I didn't know what to do or say. I just sat there in shock and cried. I was angry, sad and scared all at the same time. I wanted to go straight to NY and help anyway I could. I gave blood, prayed and lite candles. I still felt I was doing nothing. I was and still am very proud of all the very brave firemen and police officers who lost their lives trying to save others. I offer my deepest condolences to all of the families who lost a loved one on that fatal day. I know I will never forget September 11th nor will many others. The terrorists plan was to break us down and make us weak and all it has done is make us STRONGER, Braver and more determined. We truly are ONE Nation. We have come together in so many ways. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
Annmare | 20 | Pennsylvania

#2369 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I was getting ready for work in the pre-dawn when my neighbor knocked on the door and told me I'd better turn on the news because a plane just flew into one of the World Trade Towers. I thought he was joking, the idea of it was unreal. I had the radio on all the way to work, could hear the sirens, screaming, could hear the confusion even in the announcer's voices. That's when it began to be more real; and each siren brought more tears, for a circumstance I couldn't believe, a reason I couldn't understand, people I didn't know. By the time I got to work, both towers and the Pentagon had been attacked and the word "terrorism" was on everyone's lips. There was confusion, maybe unbelief is a better word, everywhere; and there was perhaps a feeling of "where next" all that day and for many afterword. Now, afterwords, the seemingly impossible seems possible -- this was seen in hope as well as terror. By the time I got out of work that day, the stores had already sold out of American Flags and any scraps of red, white, and blue ribbon and fabric. "Unity" is a word that has made its way back into America's vocabulary...to the glory of God! And in Him may we trust in more real ways every day -- He's got it under control.
esther | 20 | Arizona

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