#871 | Sunday, March 10th, 2002
My husband and I, along with friends from Florida, were staying in a villa at Sun Lakes, Az. ( An "active adult community") We were spending several days there to see how we would like living in an active retirement community.

On the first morning, our friend George got up to make the coffee and turned on the radio. He heard what he thought was another "Orson Wells" type story. The news person said that the audience should turn on the tv sets if they did not believe what she was reporting.

I got up as George was turning on the tv; just in time to see the second plane go into the second tower. I saw it but I could not believe it! We got our spouses up and spent the rest of the day in disbelief in front of the TV.

My husband and I had lived for eleven (11) years in southeast Asia and six (6) of those in a Muslim country. I would not doubt for a minute that these people are not capable of doing such as this; but for them to do it in America is something I would not have expected in a million years.

My prayers go out to all the victims, rescue workers and anyone involved. Especially to our President and our country's advisory personnel. They are doing a great job.
Brenda Gutekunst | 59 | Arizona

#872 | Sunday, March 10th, 2002
I live in Norhern California. I was watching the New York channel waiting for Regis and Kelly to come on. The local news from NY was covering the mayorial election that was to be held that day (I think). I was preparing for work, making my lunch. I heard the newsman say "oh my God!" and looke up to see an airplane hitting the first tower. I watched in shocked. I knew it was not an accident even though the newspersons were trying very hard to convince the viewers it was. My brother called from San Antonio, Texas and we were watching and talking when the second plane hit. I was in complete shock. My brother was screaming thru the phone "What was that?" I told him it was another plane. I was very upset but I had to go to work. I knew my boss wouldn't let me stay home because of things happening in NY. I went on to work but neither myself or my co-workers accomplished much that day. I just wanted to go home. We had the radio on so we were able to hear what was going on all day. I was scared but then I got mad. I didn't know who to be mad at but I was mad just the same. I think this has awakened a new sense of patriotism in me. I have a flag on my car, my desk, my house, and my envelopes all carry a flag. I cry when I hear the national anthem. I am very proud to be an American. I thank God everyday for just giving me another day.
Gaylene Henderson | 32 | California

#873 | Sunday, March 10th, 2002
I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I'm in seventh grade. I woke up at about 6:30 and as usual, stumbled around, plugging in my curling iron and getting dressed. I turned the radio on and heard the announcer saying, "A plane flew into the World Trade Center!" I thought to myself, Yeah, right, and I figured it was a joke. I went downstairs and told my mom to turn on the TV to make sure it was a joke. But it wasn't - it was horribly real. I watched, shellshocked, as the second plane flew into the towers. At school, we watched the news all day and I heard someone say "Who cares?" I was disgusted. Later that day, I got a migraine headache and had to leave school. I felt better a few hours later and went onto a Harry Potter messageboard that I go on often. There were a ton of people talking about it - people from America, England, Canada, and hundreds of other countries. In the next few weeks, I was scared and angry. My best friend was scared too - her grandparents had flown from Boston to Las Vegas on September 10. I'm still scared, still angry, and things have changed.
Dana | 12 | Nevada

#874 | Sunday, March 10th, 2002
I was in school. I didn't hear anything about it until about 9:15 CDT, after first hour, in the hallway. I heard people talking about some bombing of some kind, but thought nothing of it. When I got to my 2nd hour class about two minutes later, the teacher was talking to somebody else while he was walking in the room. He said something like "this is a lot worse than the Oklahoma City bombing." I was thinking oh great, what happened now. I sat through the whole period wondering what had happened. When I got to my third period class at about 10:00 CDT, the TV was on in the room. They were showing people running, screaming, hiding behind cars. On the bottom of the screen, it said something about the world trade centers collapsing. I was totally shocked. Our class just sat there in silence watching the TV. Our teacher told us that this is probably the biggest thing we will witness in our lives, and it was happening right there, right now. Even then, it seemed like a bad dream that I couldn't wake up from. It actually took a few weeks for it to "sink in." When I woke up the next morning, I turned on the TV hoping that I had just woken up from a really bad dream and it hadn't happened. Unfortunately, it really had happened. I hope that the victims are coping well today, now close to year later.
Anonymous | 16 | Iowa

#875 | Sunday, March 10th, 2002
I was at home that morning in Alameda, California. I got up and did my normal morning routine. This did not include TV or radio. About mid-morning another accountant I know called. As I went to the phone the answering machine picked it up. I recognized his voice shouting profanities. When I picked up the phone and identified myself the hollering continued. I thought, "What did I do?" Then he told a story that was hard to believe about several big, important buildings hit, burning and collapsing. It was just too hard to beleive from the scope of it. Then I turned on the TV and it was true.

My main reaction was just how hard it was to beleive.
James A. Hudkins | 48 | California

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