Random Question Friday
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Where were you on September 11, 2001?
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On September 11, 2001 … I was a junior in high school. That morning I had stayed home sick… along with my mom. Instead of sleeping in, we both stayed up and decided to eat breakfast. My mom turned on the small TV on in the kitchen, getting ready to make pancakes when we watched a plane crash into the 2nd twin tower, live on The Today Show. We both looked at each other in confusion, wondering what movie this was promoting. To our horror, we both realized that we were both seeing was for real. For the rest of the day our eyes stayed glued on the television, and in prayer for our nation as more planes went down at the Pentagon and in the field in Pennsylvania.
It is odd to think that something that happened in my generation’s time will be something my kids (when I have them) will study about in school. Like Pearl Harbor. JFK. Vietnam. They’ll ask me about it, be assigned history reports, and sit in class bored when their teachers explain it. It’s quite surreal to think I lived through something and experienced something on scale that will forever be remembered, not just by myself, but discussed and taught about for years and years to come.
There are times when I think back to that day and the weeks after and it still doesn’t seem real. The tragedy of that day brought us together in a way recent generations had never seen. So, let’s not forget that day. A day when we remembered how to love each other — despite our differences.