Thursday, September 11, 2014

remembering 9/11


I guess all of us  . . .  of a certain age . . . will always remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news about 9/11.

I was in college.  No, I am not that young . . . but I was in college, attending Southern Arkansas University.  I was working on my computer programming homework until time for class to start.  I left the house and as I pulled out of my driveway onto my road I heard the DJ at 98 Rocks announce that it was possibly the darkest day in 98 Rocks history.  Then he commented that none of the phone lines were lit up at all.

I remember thinking to myself, "Dude, get over yourself.  The darkest day because no one is calling YOUR radio station?"  Of course, I had no idea what was transpiring, my only introduction to the whole situation was this singular remark on a radio station.

When I arrived on the 3rd floor of the business building I thought it was weird that NO ONE was in my class.  None of the professors were in their offices and it was eerily SILENT.

I snooped around the 3rd floor and decided to go down to the 2nd floor to see if I could find any signs of what was happening.  My mind reeling, I thought class was cancelled . . . moved. . . . I was really missing some kind of meeting or special class that I had totally forgotten about.  

I found an entire room filled with college students who were completely SILENT.  This was about the freakiest thing I had ever seen.  Even during class, college students are rarely completely SILENT.  And here before me was an entire lecture room . . . standing room only I might add. .  and no one was saying a word.  I turned to look toward the front of the room and saw the CNN video feed of the burning buildings in New York. . . . and we all know the rest of the story.

Thankful for a country that survives.  Thankful for a God who loves ALL of us and forgives us.  Especially thankful that terrorists didn't win on that day.

I am taken back to that lecture hall on the 2nd floor of SAU's business building each and every time someone mentions 9/11.  I am sure you have a similar experience.  So many of you have some moving stories, some of you may even have relatives or friends who were in New York on that day.  So feel free to tell your stories in the comments below.  I love to hear from all of you wonderful readers, so here's your chance.

Where were you on 9/11/2001?

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3 comments:

  1. Each year on this date I watch the real time coverage from NBC's Today Show on MSNBC. As I watch, I'm reminded of each detail of that morning. My first phone call at 6:05 am to my oldest daughter, away from home for her freshman year at college. My second call to my dear friend whose husband is an FBI agent who was working undercover out of state. Taking a portable TV to work with me so I could monitor the news throughout the day. Coming home that night and switching from cable news to cable news for updates. The heartbreaking and awe inspiring stories of the victims, the survivors, and their families. I'm so thankful for God's protection of our homeland in the past 13 years.

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  2. I was a senior in high school! I was sitting in world history class when our principal walked in and told us what had happened!! We were glued to the TVs I don't think that I went out with my friends for 2 weeks cause I was glued to the TV

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