I struggled with whether or not to bring to attention the date, but seeing as how I live in NYC and many of my coworkers were here when the towers went down I just want to acknowledge it. I was in middle school when 9/11 happened, I can remember being brought to the gym with my classmates and held there until they made the decision to send us all home. My mom came home early from work and we sat in the living room watching the news loop through the same information with little changes each time as more information came through. I wrote down words that stuck out to me in a drawing notebook in colored pencils, circling ones that came up a lot or hit me the hardest.
One of my coworkers told me about how she worked in the financial district during 9/11 and her husband worked near the towers. She couldn’t get into Manhattan for work (she lives in another borough) and her husband went to her job and waited for her at her desk. When she finally got through to him on the phone he told her the entire office cheered.
My first year in NYC I lived on Williams Street off the Fulton Street stop. My beacon home for a year was the One World Trade Center which was under construction at the time. I could see it from the bus every time I came back from Syracuse and it was comforting. I went to the 9/11 Memorial with my ex and it was haunting.
So please remember all the people who didn’t make it out of the towers in time, the people on the planes, and all the rescue workers.
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