I will never forget where I was on September 11, 2001. It was my second week of college at the University of Minnesota. I had just arrived at my first class, Shakespeare Literature, which was in a huge lecture hall. There were at least 300 students in my class. Our professor walked in late and explained that there was some sort of plane crash in New York, but he didn’t have any details. We all stood silently for a minute and then continued with class.
Afterward, I had an hour break before my next class so I found a quiet place to study. As I made my way to my next class, Geology Lab, my sister Leah (who was in her 4th year at the Univ) ran to me and said that we need to go home. I didn’t know what she was talking about, but as we walked/argued to the building door, I saw that there was a sign posted that said all classes were canceled for the remainder of the day. Leah told me she didn’t know what had happened, but that her professor told her to go home. So we got on the next bus and headed home. We both lived at home with our parents and our bus ride was over an hour long.We learned about the attacks on the city bus. Everyone was on their cell phone or talking about the news they just saw. All we knew was that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. I remember not being able to comprehend what had happened or why. And we hadn’t even heard the news about the other two planes near the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.
We finally got dropped off near our home and as we walked towards our house our mom came out and hugged us. She was in tears and just kept saying “I’m so glad you’re home” and “I’m so glad we’re home” — you see, we were in New York City just 2 weeks prior. We had taken a family vacation to NYC to watch some tennis at the US Open. It was a very odd feeling having just been in NYC. I can’t even imagine how residents of that area felt about the events. We spent the rest of the day watching the news and watching the footage over and over again.
Please take a moment to remember those lost.
Where were you on September 11, 2001?