I’m sure you’ve seen a few posts this morning about 9/11, and that’s expected. It is quite possibly the biggest event to happen to the U.S. in a long time, not simply because of the actual events that took place, but because of everything that has happened since.
I’m not going to get into all the aftermath, because well…I don’t want to and I don’t think it’s necessary on a day like today.
I still can’t believe it’s been 8 years.
I can remember just about everything I did that day, as I’m sure most people can. A horrific event like this seems to trigger something inside our brains to remember even the smallest details.
I was actually in my first semester of college and still living at home since my school was only 15 minutes away. I remember hearing something quick about it on the radio as I was pulling up to school, but they didn’t know much at that point.
I had my yoga class (yes, for college credits) that morning and by the time class started, we were all just sitting in our room watching the news. I will never, ever forget seeing that second plane hit. I still cannot describe what I felt at that moment, watching something like happen right before my eyes.
Classes were cancelled for the day and they were urging people to get out of town, so I headed back home. I remember spending most of the rest of the day flipping between the news and Trading Spaces with my best friend Megan.
My dad, sister and I were also supposed to go to an Aerosmith concert that night, which was cancelled and understandably. People around us were so scared that something would happen where I lived because of the big naval bases there, but thankfully, nothing did.
About a year later, I was near DC for a youth group retreat and our house parents for the weekend lived close to the Pentagon so they offered to drive us past it. The husband actually worked in the Pentagon, but was not in the office that morning.
Even almost a year later, to see the side of the building just gone…are beyond words. To be driving by a building and just be able to see down the hallways should not be possible.
I didn’t lose any family members or friends in this event, but I know people that did. I know they’re still hurting, as is this nation.
I just hope that healing is on the way.
And although I haven ever been to New York, it is still strange to see older movies that show that skyline. The memorial is beautiful, though.
In a little more fun news, here are the noteworthy games for the weekend – come on, you didn’t expect me to not talk about football, right?
12:00 PM ET Syracuse at No. 7 Penn State
12:00 PM ET No. 19 North Carolina at Connecticut
3:30 PM ET No. 9 Brigham Young at Tulane
3:30 PM ET No. 18 Notre Dame at Michigan
7:00 PM ET South Carolina at No. 21 Georgia
8:00 PM ET No. 3 USC at No. 8 Ohio State
*Make your picks in the comments if you’re doing that.
Do you remember what you were doing 8 years ago?