#734 | Thursday, February 7th, 2002
i woke up to leave for school (i was in boston) and noticed that i'd left the television on all night. all i saw on the screen was chaos. only one tower had been hit at that point.

all i know is that people are being absolutely phony about this monumental occurance. i hear plenty of people grieving about how this has spiritually effected them, etc., but they're still the same assholes that cut people off and make fun of people via stereotyping. what will it really take for everyone to fucking wake up? probably nuclear holocaust.
mark | 21 | Connecticut

#735 | Thursday, February 7th, 2002
I was sleeping my afternoon nap, and suddenly I woke up and I heard my dad talks with my mom outside the room. From the way they talked, I knew something bad happened. First, I was sure that there was a bomb somewhere in israel (as usual), and I wanted to know where it happened. My mom went into my room and said: "They've bombed the twin towers". I was tottaly shocked. I never thought those things will ever happen in America. I turned on CNN immediatly and watched. It was all happening too fast. A plane crashes into the Pentagon, One of the towers has collapsed, bomb in a shopping center in Pittsburg (never heard about that again), the second tower has collapsed, another plane is on his way to the White House.
I was shocked that day like I have never been before. I also had this feeling of relief because I knew that finally someone will give the arabs what they deserve.
Only about two weeks after, i have relized what happened.
Reshef | 15 | Israel

#736 | Thursday, February 7th, 2002
I had just woken up with my 2 1/2 month old son and we were walking into the kitchen to get his bottle ready. I heard a message from my husband on the answering machine saying an airplane had hit one of the twin towers in NY. "Oh great," I thought "Another reason to be afraid to fly, another airplane tragedy. . ." I did not even turn on the tv because I felt it was best not to see something so tragic and get all upset. Well, after I fed my son his bottle, I changed my mind and turned on CNN. At that point, both planes had hit and the buildings were burning badly. Plus news that the Pentagon had been hit was out. Knowing this was a lot more serious than a regular airline tragedy, I sat, with my son playing in front of me, and watched the events unfold. I sat stunned as the buildings collapsed. My son played unknowing on as these horrible events unfolded. I could not tear away from the TV. Usually my son and I spent the day going back and forth between the nursery, walks, and the family room, but that day we spent the entire day in front of the tv in the family room.
Jeri | 35 | Florida

#737 | Thursday, February 7th, 2002
On September 11,2001 I was sleeping when my mom came in my room and said " Oh my god Sheena, a plane just crashed into the WTC!" I immediately jumped out of bed and went into the living room and turned on the TV and watched in horror. I didnt know what to think I was due to have my baby anyday and I was so scared. I woke up my sister and told her the news and we watched the news as my husband and our mother went off to work. We were so scared for our loved ones. We will rise from this America and come back strong. GOD BLESS EVERYONE!
SHEENA | 19 | Arizona

#738 | Thursday, February 7th, 2002
I was at work doing my duties as a young network engineer when a co-worker said that a plane just flew into the World Trade Center.

"Ok Sal," I said absentmindedly. This was coming from the office prankster, and 8:30 in the morning I was in no mood for a prank.

It wasn't long until someone else was over at his cubicle, and I became curious and decided to go to a new site. Every new related website was down, swamped with users.

With the only TV in our building, our entire department watched as the Trade Centers burned. When a plane flew into the Pentagon, I walked away and called my father at his office. "Dad, I think we're at War." I'm not sure why I called him. I think it was simply to have the safety of talking to my father, the man that as a child I turned to when things went wrong. I began to cry a little in the privacy of my cubicle before going back out to the TV.

The rest of the day is pretty much a blur, but I remember the fear and the immense sadness that I felt for most of the morning before numbness took over.

It took a few days to get out of shock, but eventually I did recover. But I will never forget the sadness.

Chuck Firment | 27 | Michigan

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