Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11/08 Reflections-A moment to remember...

September 11, 2001
I had just walked out of my ENC 2301 class on the second floor of the GC building in FIU. Annie and I were approaching the usual Jerry Springer loving crowd gathered around the big screen TV (I had always wondered why college students allowed themselves such an indulgence) and quickly realized that something wasn't right. I peeked through some of the bodies and could make out the top of a building burning, realizing that I was going to be late to my next class, which all the way on the other side of campus, I wrote it off as another case of rubber neckers and continued on my way.

When I arrived at the door of my Caribbean Lit class and read the cancellation note that was posted I was immediately irritated; I walked all this way for my class to be cancelled when I could've been home? I attempted to make a phone call to let my then mother-in-law (who would watch Sophie for me while I was in class) know that I would be home early but the lines were busy. As I approached the GC building there was an ackward hum. I peered up to one of the many tvs in the area to be shocked by the bottomline,
"The World Trade Center has been hit by an airplane in what is thought to be a terrorist attack."

Suddenly all that was normal wasn't. It still hasn't completely seeped in.....

Where were you on September 11, 2001?

1 comment:

carmen said...

You ask were was I on Sept. 11? I was home. My other home. The one were I was raising 2 little ones and Jeaneane was at school. We were just playing on the floor. My neighbor called me and said " turn the tv on". I became numb seeing the whole thing. Immediately panicking because I was thinking something big is going on and it's just doesn't feel right. I called David at work and couldn't get a hold of him. Finally, when I did we both just stayed talking for a lil bit. My fear was Jeaneane was at school and it was across the bay. David's dad said " go to the bank and get some money". I got in my car and picked up Jeaneane. The whole time I was terrified. That was the day when my life changed for several years. I couldn't go into any public offices without feeling a sense of fear, of vulnerability. Still till this day I check all around me on airplanes and scoop out each passenger. Who are U?