8 years ago today  

Friday, 11 September 2009

I was walking into the gas station to pay for gas when I heard someone say that a plane had just crashed into one of the twin towers, "Don't be ridiculous" said someone else, so he held out his phone and showed a us a text. The guy behind the counter turned on the TV behind him and we stood and watched as we realised that the lives of millions of people would be changed forever. In the end, no-one moved, no-one payed, we just stood there watching the horror unfold, about twenty of us stood still in shock, even a little boy of about five, stood clinging silently to his mums hand.

The news and TV was nothing but that for weeks, like millions of others, I had nightmares over the footage, the people leaping out of windows put my heart in my mouth, the shock the loss, the dreaded reminder that life is so precious and can be over so quickly. To kiss your husband, wife, daughter, son, off to work and never see them again.

The feeling of being able to do nothing was overwhelming, even for those of us who were thousands of mile away, or didn't know anyone there, the world was united in grief for those who were lost, and those who were left behind. United in anger at the monsters capable of ending so many Innocent lives.

It really was the day the world stood still!

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5 comments: to “ 8 years ago today

  • Gloria
    11 September 2009 at 10:04  

    It really was all of those things. It took me a while to realise that it was not some horrible, terrible prank because surely man could not be that wicked. Alas it was true and life it seemed would never be the same. It's good to take a moment such as this and take stock of all that we have and hold dear 'cos, well, you never ever know. xxXxx

  • Randi Troxell
    11 September 2009 at 15:59  

    it still haunts me to my core to this day... and it still makes me super pissed when i think about it, and all the lives lost, and misplaced...

    have a good wkend...

  • Anonymous
    11 September 2009 at 19:22  

    Yes it was. Looking at pics from back then still give me the chills.

  • Trojan Gayle
    12 September 2009 at 00:31  

    great post that takes us back and makes us realise the important things in life

  • C.M. Jackson
    12 September 2009 at 05:20  


    my home is just 18 miles fom Manhattan--one can see the skyline driving east down the highway. We are forever changed and still mourn the loss of so many. Thank you for your thoughtful post.


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