[personal profile] jazzyjj
What do I remember about 9/11/01? I was at home by myself. I was still living with my parents at the time, and they were both still working. On that particular Tuesday morning they left early for work, as they always did. My brother was living here in Chicago, and most of my sisters had left for the day. One sister was in the hospital having a procedure done, but she's fine. I woke up, got out of bed, and headed for the shower. After showering, I brushed my teeth and got dressed. I then headed downstairs to the kitchen, where my mom had set out breakfast for me. The kitchen radio was on and tuned to Chicago's public-radio station, as was and still is customary for my parents. I don't recall exactly what time of day I had arrived in the kitchen, but I do remember that it was shortly after the first hijacked airplane hit the Twin Towers. The radio was playing snippets of that, interspersed with a ton of commentary. Then not long after that the second hijacked plane hit, and there was even more commentary with sound bytes. I remember calling my mom at work to see if she and the students were okay, and her colleagues. Then I think I called my dad, or perhaps he called me. Fortunately everybody with whom I was in contact that day was safe and sound. Then I just went about my business. My sister and brother-in-law were not married yet but were still dating. He was actually deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Fortunately I didn't lose any family or friends in the attacks of that dreadful day. But my heart goes out to those who did lose loved ones.
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