#1080 | Wednesday, March 20th, 2002
I was at work when we heard the news. Somebody sent a text message to a friend’s mobile phone we couldn’t believe the message. We realised how serious the situation is when we saw what’s happening on the BBC’s website.
It’s very ironic because earlier that day we were talking about MiddleEast and how unfairly the Palestinians treated by Israelis, etc. Somebody was saying “Israel couldn’t behave such a bullying way if America didn’t support them”, and carried saying “… only if America could see how does it feel to be terrorised in your own home”.
Well, all I can say it is sad; sad for Americans, sad for Palestinians, and if we start building the bridges, it will be sad for the world.

“Peace at home, peace in the world” –Ataturk.

V | 28 | United Kingdom

#1081 | Wednesday, March 20th, 2002
I was on my way to therapy for anxiety. As each piece of news came in, the therapists kept telling us to focus on other problems, the problems that we were there to deal with. Which was odd. That whole day was a "little odd." It did take my mind of my own problems and those problems haven't bothered me much since.

Jeremy | 26 | Illinois

#1082 | Wednesday, March 20th, 2002
Where was I...

arriving at KCI (Kansas City International Airport on my way to Seattle, Washington.) about 7:15 am CST.After getting my boarding pass, I just sat down to wait for my plane when I saw a TV. The first Tower was on fire. I could not help to think what a horrible accident. Then, the second plane just crash into the second tower. The passengers and I were all watching in disblief. The 8 o'clock flight was boarded by then and they took off. I was standing in line for my flight when the First Tower collapsed. I watched (in line) as the second tower came down. I knew then the NY Skyline, America , and I was never going to be the same. By then, the FAA closed US Air space. I watched as passenger coming off grounded flights wanting to get to a TV, wanting to see what was going on. I left the airport in a daze, thinking if it was an hour later, I would be in the air. I would be one of the confused passenger stuck in a strange city wanting to be with family. I called my family to tell them I never left KCI. I did not find out til that night about the Pentagon or the other flight.

Since 9/11, I am trying to live for today. tomorrow may never come. Life is a precious gift. It can be taken way in a second.
Tiffany | 26 | Missouri

#1083 | Wednesday, March 20th, 2002
The morning for me was normal as I, as a mother, was helping Louis and Kyrsten get ready for school. We always have the television on for news updates, school late starts or closings and ect. As we were buzzing around, hurrying, in order not to be late for school, we heard a terrible news flash: The one of the Twin Towers were on fire. As reported, the media didn't know what caused the fire. It appeared to us as we sat watching in shock and horror, it was an explosion of a high intensity. We watched and listened, turned the television volume louder, not to miss the information. In a few seconds, the media were talking to people on the phones that were near the site. They reported that a plane had crashed into the Tower! At that moment, we knew it wasn't an accident. We were in such a state of shock, saying to each other, how are all those people going to get out! We anxiously waited for more news but the information was the same on every channel, no one really knew what was going on. We prayed and prayed for the people in the Tower. We were all shaking. It was getting late for the kids to be to school on time. I drove them to school,not really remembering the drive, with my mind on the people in the Tower. Arriving back home, I surfed around the channels to hear anymore new news. Then I saw the second plane crash into the second Tower! I immediately started to weep. The media was saying people were jumping to their death! I, then, not really thinking clearly, tried to put myself in the situation of the people who thought the need to jump. I couldn't. What a horrible, horrible feeling. I couldn't even begin to feel the fears, thoughts or horror going through the victims minds. All I could do was pray and weep. As I was watching, the Tower collasped into millions of pieces! I watched in disbelief. Then the thought of my husband, who is a truck driver, jumped into my thoughts. He sometimes travels in New York. I was even in more tears, trying to call him on his cell phone with no response. I called continuously with no response. Watching in horror as the second Tower collasped, hearing of the plane going down in Pennsyvania and the a plane crashing into the Pentegon, thinking what is going on here! The thought of terrorists entered my already fearful mind. I kept saying to myself, we are going to war! War! What a horrible thought after this tradgedy, losing even more lives! I remember thinking what kind of a sick twisted group of people would do such a horrible thing to the USA, hating us so much! I still couldn't get in touch with my husband. I was dialing frantically and contiusously with only being able to leave a message on the voice mail. The worst thought went through my mind as where he is was that he was in New York. I prayed and prayed that he would be ok. Finally, as I was still at the edge of my seat, listening, weeping and praying, the phone rang, startling me as I think I was still in shock over the tradgedy. Answering the phone, I was relieved, my husband was on the phone letting me know he was ok! I thanked God again and again! I live in Wisconsin, far away from the tradgedy. I could not bare what all the people went through in New York, Pennsylvania and by and in the Pentegon. I give a lot of credit to all the people who withstood the tradgedy. I think that all the people involved with the terrorist acts should be punished as the people see fit that had been hurt and lost loved ones. I pray that all the injured people will be healed and that the ones who comitted the horrible act will be prosecuted to the fullest. Here in Wisconsin, we are all still feeling the pain and saddness of the terrorists horrendous acts. God Bless the USA!!!!!!!
Lori A. Fetty | 39 | Wisconsin

#1084 | Wednesday, March 20th, 2002
I was getting breakfast ready for our youngest child and my husband said to check out the tv program "right now". The first plane had hit and all we saw was chaos. My little girl wanted to know what was happening. What do you tell a 12 yr. old? Her world is changing before your eyes. The next plane crashed, then the Pentagon plane crashed. We wondered what was the next target...should we stay home from work? Should we take our girl to school? We decided to try to have a normal day and see what happened next. Before I drove away from her school, she gave me a hug, something she never had done before...it's not cool at 12, you know. We watched the news all day, and when the 4th plane went down in a field, we still wondered what was next. I remember beginning to hate the Muslims, watching them laugh in the streets, on later news casts. I didn't want to hate them at all. I hate not feeling safe, I hate not feeling that my family is safe.
garrbev amansardan | 49 | United States

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