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Tell me YOUR story on 9-11

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 10:15 pm on Thursday, September 8, 2011

Its hard to believe that its been 10 years since that horrible day.  I had to work so when the alarm went off, instead of a little chit chat, music , traffic and weather, the radio waves were filled with conflicting reports of something horrible that had happened in NYC.  I told MR Chick to get up, because something happened in New York.  We went down stairs and before we had fully digested what had happened to the first Tower, we watched LIVE as the second plane hit the second Tower.  I still remember what I said   ” Oh my God, what is happening here?!”.  It still the most tragic thing I have ever actually witnessed live. When we watched the towers actually fall, my brain couldn’t comprehend what my eyes were seeing.   Too much computer generated special effects on TV I suppose. 

You all know the rest of the story, and I dont need to recount the news here.

But, of course, I had to go to work.  It was a strange environment that day.  People were a bit dazed.   We had a small TV in the store and while it was policy to only show the  PC Pharmacy looping ads, on THIS day it was glued to CNN and the unfolding drama. Because it was the days before I had a smart phone, or internet access at work, I had to rely on the radio or whatever news customers brought me.  I was sickened by what they had to say, even more than what I had seen on TV that morning.  What I really wanted was to go home and get back to the TV.

People were vastly different that first day, and for several days afterwards.  for a brief period of time,  most people set aside their “center of the universe” frame of mind when the vulnerability of their universe had been revealed by this shattering event.  The churches were packed that weekend, as even the most godless people found themselves in a church pew that weekend. People wanted answers to questions that HAD no answers. People were a little bit kinder and gentler. 

I think they were scared.

It didn’t last long as you might imagine. Disbelief turned to anger. People even got tired of being inconvenienced by the whole experience.

Ive never been to NYC, and have never stood below the twin towers.

And clearly….I never will.

2 Comments »

Comment by Adam

September 9, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

9/12 – A day when we were better than we were before. The 912 Project is a call to that unity. http://the912-project.com/

Comment by Kathie

September 9, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

I was in pharmacy school doing schoolwork. I was online all day, but was at pharmacy websites and didn’t even learn about it until about 3 pm. I thankfully had been to NY in May and had a chance to visit the two towers-honestly the view from the observation deck is one of my favorite memories–looking over the Harbor, with a thunderstorm and lightning right over the Statue of Liberty.

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