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911DA Story: Story

I have the great pleasure of working from home and on the morning of September 11th I was watching cartoons with my 10 month old daughter while I was sitting on the couch with my laptop. My boss Instant Messaged me to tell me to turn on the news, that the World Trade Center had been hit by an airplane. I immediately panicked as my sister lives in Manhatten and it was a Tuesday and my father goes to Manhatten every Tuesday for business. I called my father first, since I knew he would probably be closer to the WTCs. He was in town, NOT in Manhatten that day, his boss had gone instead and my dad was going to go on Thursday in his place. I was then soon relieved again when my sister called in on the other line to my father when I was on the phone with him. She was fine too...just really scared.

I stayed on the phone with my dad for a long time and we watched together as the towers fell. I was glued to the TV all day. I was scared to death that my sister lived in that city that was under attack. I wanted her to come home so badly, but she couldn't and wouldn't anyway. She was a City girl now and would not let them scare her away from her home. To make matters worse, my sister travels to LA frequently and it could have very easily been her on one of the planes that morning. I received phone calls all day from family all over the US wanting to know if Julie, my sister, was OK. It was amazing how family and friends, that I hadn't spoken to in a long time, were so concerned and were calling everywhere to find out if their loved one was ok.

I still have a hard time knowing my sister lives in Manhatten. I have been to NYC twice this past year and was not scared at all myself by being there, but I don't like that she lives there. I am glued to CNN and Fox News channels when they do coverage on 9/11. I still cry every time I hear a story of someone who has lost a loved one and I probably will forever. Our lives will never be the same again, and we know that we aren't safe from anything anymore. It's a very scary world to raise children in.


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