Originally posted on A Bloggy Mom
September 11, 2001 wasn't the first attack on the United States in my lifetime... however it is the one etched in my memory.
My cell phone was ringing, and ringing. Forcing myself out of bed I dug around my disorganized room trying to see where I had thrown it the night before. I retrieved the little noisy blue phone from under a pile of papers on my desk.
"We're under attack."
"America has been attacked."
"Not sure yet, turn on your TV."
In a shaky run I made it out to the living room. A roommate or two were out getting ready for the day... busily making breakfast and gathering books. I turned on our TV and stood nervously in front of it as I waited for the screen to show me the dreadful news. I thought I would have to search it out, find what channel would give me the information. It was everywhere. Every channel. Focused in on The World Trade Center.
The first tower was just coming down. My roommates and I stood silent as we watched in terror as New York and the rest of the United States were suddenly and yet in slow motion forever changed.
Another roommate slowly made it through the front door and began telling us about what she had heard. Yet it was true. She fell onto the couch and we all sat silent around the room. The lumps in our throats made it hard to even speak.
Quickly word began traveling around our campus town of students whose families were affected by the attacks. Friends and fellow students who were in National Guard Units being called with orders.
Other than the days following the loss of my Grandfather, no day moved more slowly. I never made it to my classes that day, I'm not sure if I made it out of my pajamas. I know my roommates and I eventually rounded the corner to the grocery store and like zombies made a few purchases that we needed.
Fears of what would happen next spread like a contagious disease through our community. Were we safe? College students so far from our homes. So many were afraid to attend class over the next few days.
The chill of that day will never leave me. I will never forget.