Where were you on September 11, 2001?
I was at work at a small private school in Bethpage, NY. Roy dropped me off at my office and while he was driving to work called to tell me a plane had crashed into one of the towers. My first thought was that some moron had gotten disoriented & crashed - a couple of weeks prior some fool with a hang glider had gotten hung up on the Statue of Liberty's torch - & I assumed this was another incident like that. I wish.
We only had a radio - no TV - so I wasn't exposed to the images but hung on every word from the radio. The staff had to decide whether or not tell the elementary students, but as the events unfolded it became obvious we had no choice. I spent the day trying to reach parents that worked downtown - we couldn't put students on the bus unless we talked to families to make sure there would be someone there to meet students when they got home. Cell phone service was almost non-existant. It was a long day. A lot of parents picked up their kids early - everyone just wanted to be close to their family.
When we finally got home, I locked myself in my room to watch the news - I didn't want my kids to see the images. I just sat & wept.
Where were you?