Sunday, September 11, 2011
I'm pretty sure everyone in this country will be spending some time today thinking about that Tuesday 10 years ago from today. I truly cannot believe it's been an entire decade already! On September 11, 2001, I was a college freshman at the University of Central Florida. When I think back to my experiences that morning, I feel incredibly ignorant. Despite my admiration for the concept of New York City, I didn't even know what the twin towers were. I got ready for class and headed over to the UCF campus where I met my friend, Sarah, at her dorm so we could walk to our psychology class together. The ride from my townhouse to campus was only a few minutes so I didn't hear very much on the radio. By the time I parked on campus all I knew was that there was a plane that crashed into a building. Obviously a tragedy, but I had no idea at that time of the overwhelming significance. I met with Sarah and we walked across campus to our class. Our class continued as scheduled, and I remember our professor asked if we had heard about the plane(s) that had crashed. I don't remember exactly what I was thinking at the time except that it was much worse than I had realized (what? two planes?) But after a quick remark, the class continued.
After class, Sarah and I headed down to the student union to grab lunch. I picked up a salad from Chick-Fil-A and we walked down to Sarah's dorm where we planned on eating with her roommates. So it wasn't until lunchtime when we sat down on and turned on the tv that I understood what really had happened. And then there was this overwhelming fear for which I'm sure you're all familiar. Even down in Florida, phone calls couldn't go through to others (also in Florida) because the networks were so busy. It took forever to get through to anyone.
I had to work that night at a restaurant where I waited tables. I remember it was an extraordinarily slow night, and all of the guests and workers were watching the tv's in the bar to keep up with the news reports about what had happened. It was a very somber evening.
There's so much that can be said about that day but also so little. Because we all already know. So let's keep in mind the people who lost their lives that day as well as their families. Also, everyone whose lives have been affected in the aftermath. I'm hoping to be able to take another trip to Manhattan in the near future and will be checking out the new memorial. I also recommend touring the pentagon. We did that on our last trip to Washington, D.C. and it was very enlightening. You have to request tickets at your local congressman's website. And I recommend checking out the pentagon memorial afterwards as well.
I've surprisingly read very few books about 9/11, but I do recommend the ones I can think of: Let's Roll by Lisa Beamer (non-fiction/memoir), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (fiction), and One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury (christian fiction). I recently started to read a new non-fiction that came out, The Eleventh Day by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan. It was really interesting but I did get a little bored halfway through and just haven't gotten back to it. I will definitely review it here when I'm done.
Posted by Jenny at 12:30 AM