#785 | Friday, February 22nd, 2002
While I was driving to work at 7:15 in the morning I glanced up at the sky as I always do when I am driving in the morning, and I thought to myself, "What a beautiful day. It's almost too beautiful to be true."
And the sky was so blue. I thought to myself, "It's great just to be alive."
I still can't believe that that was my thought.
Anonymous | 59 | Maryland

#786 | Saturday, February 23rd, 2002
I was walking down the hall from my science class to my english class and the history teacher that was across the hall from my english class was in the hall telling all the teachers to turn their TV's on. When english class started we were watching the TV, and i was thinking "Someone was just flying around and accedentally hit the building," thinking that the plane was the size of a small 2 man plane, and i thought that they would just put out the fire and everything would be alright. Then when i saw the second plane hit i immedetely thought two things. Terrorist and Osama. We watched it for about 10 more minutes, but then my teacher turned the TV off because his son was in the navy and didn't want him to goto war. So we did some work but then the history teacher came bursting through the door and said "Are you watching?! The Pentagons been hit!" So then the teacher turned on the TV and we watched it for the rest of the period. During this time i was thinking about war and thoughts were just swirling through my head. Then at the end of the period, we had homeroom (homeroom is between periods 3 and 4, don't ask me why my schools just runs that way) and we have a private channel that runs throught the school and airs a program called "The Bee Line" and it has all the morning anouncements. So when i went into my homeroom I went up and turned the TV, and a girl was like "Ooooh turn on BET before the Bee Line starts!", but i put on CNN and I said to her "Did you hear the news?" She hadn't so I explained what had happened in New York and Washington. Well, absolutely noone in the school watched the Bee Line that day, and we all had the news on. Then the principle came on the intercom to tell us waht happened and noone listened to her. We were all glued to the TV. Then at the end of homeroom we all went to fourth period. I have that history teacher i mentioned earlier for 4th period. So we watched the news all period and in about the middle of the period the south tower collapsed, and then at the end of the period the north tower collapsed. Someone inbetween all the madness we heard about the plane crashing in PA and i started to wonder how many planes were going to be brought down, and if their goal was to crash every plane in the country. When the bell rang for the end of the period it was errie in the hallway because some people's parents and relatives work in the pentagon and WTC. 5th period i had gym and unfortuatly there was no TV in the gym so we had to get changed and go outside and play soccar. Halfway through the period a custodian comes outside and tells us to all go back inside and change- we were going home early. The school district ordered an early dismissal. I drove home with my sister and we immedeatly drove to my moms school to tell her we had gotten out early, and a teacher told us that her school was getting out too. So we went home and watched the TV and ate our lunch. I wanted to go get on the computer and talk to my friends, but my sister wouldn't let me because she thought if the power plant was destroyed our computer might get hit with a power surge and go poof. So for the rest of the day we sat around watching the TV. My dad even got out of work early. Finnally at about 7 at night i was finnally allowed to get online, and my friends and I had a bit debate on wheather we would have school tommorow, but at about 8 PM we heard that the superintenant said that our disctict will be having school tommorow. And taht was how September 11th played out for me.
Ted Prettyman | 14 | Delaware

#788 | Sunday, February 24th, 2002
Where was I on September 11th? I was not where i wanted to be. I was born in New York and I just moved to california on August 16th 2001. Some people call me lucky. I would have given anything to be able to help my friends and family through everything that they were going through. I wanted to be out there helping people. doing anything i can for my fellow New Yorkers. But instead i cried and cried as i watched in horror as the Twin Towers fell. I was unable to do anything but worry where my family was and friends. All i can say is God Bless everyone and every day i think bout what happened. It will never leave my mind. Love to everyone.
Ashley Jane | 15 | California

#789 | Sunday, February 24th, 2002
On September 11, 2001 My Husband and I were to go to Las Vegas. It was a first for the both of us. We were to leave at 2 pm when I got off work. I got up all excited about my day. Get to work at 6 am. About 5 minutes later I get a call from a customer of ours, telling us to turn on the Television. The Twin Towers had just been hit by a plane. Hard to believe I turn it on. And there we all stood in shock. Needless to say we never made it to Las Vegas. And we still havenít gone
Heather Balagh | 28 | California

#790 | Tuesday, February 26th, 2002
I was grocery shopping and got a text message on my cell phone..."turn on CNN WTC Twrs NY hit by planes". Here in text message-mad SE Asia you hear of the headlines on your cell phone before you turn on the TV. We're 12 hours ahead of US East Coast time, so it was after 9 in the evening. So I got home and all I could think about was how if Muslims did this, and if the Prophet Muhammad (I'm Muslim) had been alive he would have been disappointed. He would have asked "What happened to my followers? Why didn't they look at my example and never attack innocent civilians?" And I thought (selfishly, in retrospct) about how people would look at me suspiciously in the days to come because of my veil. And I thought about how, yes, the American government attacks Muslim civilians in Iraq and Palestine, but by not distinguishing between US civilians and US leaders who formulate foreign policy, the people who did this were stooping just as low as the US government who they claim to hate.
anon | 32 | Hong Kong

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