Thursday, September 11, 2008

"Not a cloud in the sky."

It was a clear day here, too, and early when it began. I was already at work. As it unfolded, we gathered in groups and grew increasingly distraught. No, we wouldn't close; we did not want to ignite any panic beyond what was already spreading.

The TV was brought out in a conference room. We milled in and out, all of us in a daze. No one knew what to say, or do. We all tried to do our usual duties. A colleague and I had to go to another of our offices, ironically to finalize the satellite uplink we have with a Wall Street financial service. Few were on the road as we made our way there.

The city was eerily quiet and empty. Except for a pair a fighter jets out of Kirtland AFB that flew over when I was home for lunch, there was nothing. I had the radio on, and the TV. None of it made sense.

I have a blank space here; how did any of us get through that unspeakable horror? I only remember much later, when I was home for the day and finally connected to those I needed to hear from. Contacting my sister, thankfully not flying that day; learning my future brother-in-law, an airline captain, was stranded but safe in Kansas City; calling my closest friend, who had just moved to Texas by himself; e-mailing another close friend in Massachusetts, back and forth all night. At about 2:00 a.m. I saw a video of that first plane on a Spanish TV station and thought I had hallucinated it. Especially since I had no idea what they were saying. And especially when I never saw it again, or at least not for a long time. Time was blurred, so it's a little hard to remember some of the specifics.

But the rest of it, as clear as that day was.

~William's mom.
Photo courtesy of miragestudio7


  1. I remember. We are on the west coast so when the alarm went off it had all happened. My first reaction when they recapped was at such and such a time an airplane hit one of the WTC Towers and I thought: What kind of idiot hits the WTC? And then they said and 10 minutes later another airliner had hit the other tower... at which point it became very surreal.

  2. That day still have extremely powerful feeling in my heart,
    I saw the history image at news....leaking again....

  3. William's mom-
    I read your post and got chills.
    I was still a student at IA State University that day-classes weren't cancelled, but you could feel something in the air.

    It's something we'll never forget.

    (Cyclone Cats Mom)

  4. It all still seems so surreal and unbelievable.

  5. I watched it all unfold on TV. I was home sick with the shingles ( a very bad case I might add) and I can clearly remember being on the telephone with my husband and saying the tower is collasping, it's seconds our world as we knew it changed forever.

  6. Yes it was a surreal day. Like you I worked all day, quietly just doing paperwork. Nothing made sense. I too had friends that might have been in harms way. Thankfully they were not.

    We won't ever forget.

  7. William's Mom, this is especially poignant. My son lives in NYC now, and I haven't been able to even think of how I'd have felt if he'd been there then. It did all feel so surreal -- Tammara
    William, I am going to all the blogs on our list to let you know that we are deleting "Les Trois Chats." Momma is too busy to let us blog anymore - she has had a hard time blogging for herself even. We are actually now Les Quatre Chats anyway as we added LOLA in June, who is a POOP and has put me to shame as the alpha cat around here... even though, yes, she's a GIRL. (I know, SO emasculating! I need a treat or twenty to comfort me...)

    We so enjoyed our time with all of you. Au revoir, mon ami, you and your Mom will be much missed.


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  9. It was surreal - that's the word. I was home on holiday and on that day and for some reason I put the TV on in the afternoon, which I never normally do. At first I thought I was watching a "disaster" movie but it gradually became apparent that it was real. I couldn't believe it yet I had to believe it. xxx


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