Where were you?
Where were you when the towers fell?
I was in my freshman year at UW-Eau Claire sound asleep in my dorm room on the top bunk. My roommate had rushed into the room, turned on the lights, and blared the tv. Needless to say I was not a happy camper. Then, I asked her what movie she was watching and why in the world did we have to watch it so dang early (OK, so my language was a bit more vulgar). Then, I realized that the channel was NBC and this wasn't any movie. I snapped awake, crawled down from the bunk and curled up on our couch. I called close friends and family and told them to turn on the news. Someone was running up and down the halls of our dorms yelling at everyone to turn on the tv. I sat glued to the tv all day, I never made it to a class, I don't think many people went to class that day, even though they hadn't been cancelled. I clearly remember the second plane hitting, and watching the towers crumble, cringing at the thought of the lives being lost in front of our eyes.
My aunt, her husband and two kids, my cousin and her boyfriend at the time all lived near the towers and everyone quickly tried to get a hold of them. It was several hours before everyone was tracked down because it was impossible to get a call through. My uncle is a pilot for American Airlines and he was also quickly tracked down, and was also safe and sound. My dad had been on a business trip in Montana, and luckily he realized that if he was going to get home he better rent a car, and rent one very quickly, he left immediately and beat the rush for the cars and made it home safely.
I was very lucky to not have anyone close to me perish in New York, PA or Washington DC that day, but there are thousands of family's that were directly affected. It is hard to believe that eight years have passed already...