#13 | Saturday, September 15th 2001
I was at school and during second block they told us what had happened.
It was freaky really cause they way the told us. I was getting sick just 5 mins before they told us.. I guess I sensed something was wrong.

I went to Rachel's house and we watched it on TV.. I couldn't really believe it..

I guess I'm not moving to NY anytime soon now...

I'm so sorry that all those people died, even though I can't do anything about it.

I love everyone now.. You never know when they too, might leave this world. I don't hold grudges really.

James Mitchell | 16 | Connecticut

#12 | Saturday, September 15th 2001
My stereo went off at 10 30. I was still half asleep, but I heard that someone had crashed a plane into the first building. Since I was still half asleep, it didn't really register. I thought someone had lost control of the plane.
Later when I got up, I don't remember if I heard it on television or heard it on the radio, but all the sudden I knew what had happened. My first concern was if my ex-boyfriend, Laurence, was alright. I figured he was fine because he goes to school over by Central Park. But then I realized that sometimes his school has unexpected days off, and in his free time he liked to go to the towers to look at the city. I called his apartment and his cabin upstate, but couldn't get through.
Later that day my friend came over, and we watched the news the rest of the night. I finally got through to Laurence's apartment and cabin, and left him messages.
The rest of the day went by - I don't remember if it went by slowly or quickly, but the time did pass. I cried and cried, wondering if Laurence was okay. To me, he's still like my boyfriend, minus the sexual talk and the title. It's like he's more than a best friend to me, even more than a boyfriend, so you can imagine how scared I was.
I wasn't only scared about what might have happened to him, but also that something might happen where I live. I live right near the Navy Base and where submarines are built, so I was just waiting for something to happen.
The next day I went out with a friend, and while I was gone, Laurence called and left a message on my answering machine. He was alright, but he said most of his neighboorhood was gone.
After I found out he was alright, I really didn't care anymore about what was going on. I had had enough of it. I went through mourning and worrying, and I was done with it. I was tired of turning on the television and radio, just to see/hear more about what had happened. I just wanted to get back to my normal life. And now that things are calming down, I can see that life will soon be the way it once was.

Rachel Kistler | 18 | Connecticut

#9 | Saturday, September 15th 2001
i was in school (in P.E. to be exact) when i first heard about what had happened, my gym teacher told us all to get to a t.v. when he told us that the WTC had been hit by a plane i kinda didn't think about it, after changing i started towards my next class. In the language room that is at my school there was a large television displaying the two buildings, one was covered by a massive ball of fire and the other was spitting out a giant plume of smoke. It didn't stike me till then that the twin towers had been hit by planes! i couldn't immagine how such a thing could happen, i'd been raised in a world of tatal peace, the only violence i had witnessed was shown on t.v. nothing seemed real to me. It is horrifying to think that some one could willinly fly a plane into a building full of the average worker. how could you do something like that...
my deepest sorrow goes out to every family and person who has lost some one in this horrible event.

Jim Corcoran | 16 | Connecticut

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