Sunday, September 11, 2011

Where were you?

As America, and many countries across the world, pause to remember the events and lives lost on September 11, 2001, it reminds us all to be thankful for our lives, our loved ones and our freedom.  I had just moved down to Oxford, Mississippi for my first year of college and I was just getting up to go to my first class of the day.  I lived in a dorm called "Martin Hall," which was attached to a boys dorm (men and women cannot live together per state law) called "Stockard Hall."  These two buildings were called the "Twin Towers."  One of my hall mates banged on my door and said "the Twin Towers were hit by a plane."  My immediate thought was the building next door because I heard screaming in the hallways.  My roommate flipped on the television and we watched in horror as we saw in real time, the second plane hit the second tower.  I remember walking to class and seeing the horror and somber looks on peoples' faces as we walked around campus.  It was amazingly quiet.  My psychology professor discussed what our upcoming assignments were then asked us all to go home and watch the news.  My class later that evening was cancelled.  I remember feeling as if the world was falling apart.  And now, 10 years later, I remember how the world changed due to this horrific event.  How we no longer trust people who look different than us, how we are scared and on high alert when we are traveling and in big cities.  This event took away the innocence of life and has hardened us all to a certain extent.  There is no person over the age of 15 who does not remember exactly where they were when they heard this news.  We need to educate those under the age of 15 about what happened.  We cannot let our nation, or other nations, forget about 9/11/01.  So tell me, where were you?

In rememberance of the 10 years that have passed since September 11, 2001, I ran.  I didn't want to.  My motivation is almost shot at this point and I'm desperately grasping at keeping it.  I am reminded that I lot of people didn't want to do things 10 years ago today, but they had to.  There was no question.  And then there are people who DID want to do something 10 years ago today.  Some of them were going on vacation, some of them were going home to loved ones, but they were all trying to go do something... and they didn't get to because they lost their lives.  So that is my motivation for today. 

There have been so many beautiful song tributes to September 11, 2001.  Some of them have been looked upon as more "tasteful" than others, but there are 2 that I think are very important and relevant, so I will leave you with them:



  1. I was at work, and I thought when I first saw it on TV that it surely was happening somewhere else but not here in the USA.

  2. I was in my 2nd year of college and was sitting in the "quad" having breakfast when we heard about the first airplane. It was so crazy how fast the news spread.

  3. Ten years ago today I was a freshman at the University of Arkansas. I woke up to my roommates watching tv. They were showing the first tower with smoke billowing out of it. I was thinking what happened? Did a private plane lose control and hit this tower? Then as we were watching live, I saw the second tower get hit. I had no idea what was happening. Terrorist was something that only existed in books and movies as far as I was concerned. Classes were cancelled that day. Everyone was panicking and line up for miles at gas stations to fill their cars up. I actually had orientation at Walmart that afternoon (I was starting a new job there that day...). The day after, classes went on as scheduled and at lunchtime they had a memorial service/moment of silence on campus and I attended and felt a sense of belonging as all of the students came together to pray for those who lost their lives and for those that lost the ones they loved.

    I had no idea that I would marry and divorce my high school sweetheart in the next 2 years. I had no idea that I wouldn't be able to afford school anymore and I'd join the military to pay for school. And I definitely had no idea that I would meet my ("2nd") husband while in the military and get married and have 2 beautiful children. I had NO idea that the world would change so much in that one single day. Tolerance was thrown out the window and replaced with cynicism, hatred, and prejudice. That people who have lived in America their entire lives would be judged by the color of their skin and the religion of their choice.