Monday, September 11, 2006
Many of us still have our own personal stories and mental footage of our experiences. I also wrote down my experiences that night and I reread it on occasion. It's still something I cannot share, but here are some remembrances that I can.
- I remember I was reading an article in the morning before the events about religious intolerance.
- I remember it was one of the most beautiful weather days of the year. Tragedy is not in rainy gloomy days as depicted on tv.
- I remember I was stepping off the bus when the second plane hit and the explosion was so loud and big that I felt it rock under my feet all the way on the east side where I was.
- I remember I didn't actually know the date until much later, maybe 6 pm or so, after I got home. Now I'll never forget it.
- I remember being crushed against the coast guard building by the hundreds of people running in panic as we heard the first building collapse.
- I remember holding my friend's hand as we ran away from the billowing debris cloud from the collapsing building as it engulfed the downtown area.
- I remember the dust went into your nose and eyes and down your throat. I can still taste it now.
- I remember the poor of the city came out to help rescue the fat bankers leaving the downtown area. We were offered drinks of water by the people from the projects as we walked up the FDR. I don't know who they were, but I'm ever so grateful for their kindness. Thank you.
- I remember looking back as I was walking away up the FDR, the contrast of the smoke against the clear blue sky.