#832 | Friday, March 8th 2002
I'll never forget standing in front of the bathroom mirror and hearing my seven year old son saying a plane is flying at the building. Having watched the speculation regarding the burning first tower my husband and I were horrified to realize this was intentional. My husband, at first, couldn't grasp what I was gasping out- he came running out of the bathroom and we sat, stunned, and watched our nation lose its innocence. I jumped into the car to head to the highschool where I teach and was amazed to find that all of the radio stations were covering the story. After dropping off my 2 children, and trying to explain, without feeling like I really could, to my seven year old what he had seen ( and what I wished I could erase) I literally ran into my class to set up my TV. I had woken my mother earlier to tell her to turn on her TV and she now called me to tell me about the pentagon. Just as I got my TV adjusted I heard screams from the neighboring room, the first tower had fallen. I vividly remember thinking "OH SWEET JESUS, all of those people are gone!" I sat and wept while the shocked students began to file into class. We watched all week and tried to come to grips with what had happened to all of us. Stories began to come through, even in Moriarty, NM people had lost friends and relatives in NY and Washington. As a teacher I watched unprecedented honor be given to our flag but at what a cost. I guarded my three year old as carefully as I could and yet just last month ( February) I told him we were going to take a fun plane ride to go to Disney World, he stunned me by saying that planes crashed and he didn't want to ride on one; I was once again gripped by agony at the thought of the true loss of all our innocence.
Katherine | 35 | New Mexico

#498 | Tuesday, December 18th 2001
I was in bed asleep, when my husband called me from his job, right after the first plane hit the first tower. I immediately turned on the TV, had to be up close, didn't even have my glasses on yet....my world along with the rest of the world's changed forever. God Bless America !!!
Unity | 45 | New Mexico

#260 | Monday, November 19th 2001
September 11th started for me as any other day. I got up at 6:00am, made coffee, and sat down to watch the morning news. I live in New Mexico so this is Mountain time. Just as I poared my coffee, the news reported in our state announced the first tower had been hit. Good Morning America cut strait to the footage of the first tower on fire, and as I set my mug down on the table, I was hit with the sight of the second tower being hit. I ran and got my husband, and we watched the rest of the day unfold in horror. When the first tower fell, I knew that this was going to live in my mind for ever, but it was the collapes of the second tower that has given me the nightmares. It will be in my mind forever. We will never forget the week long coverage, and the people who died. At this holiday season, we will hold their memories around our tree and in out hearts. God Bless America!
Mackenzie | 30 | New Mexico

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