Thursday, September 10, 2009

Where Were You on September 11?


Where were you on September 11?

I was upstairs in the board room at work and we had the giant screens turned on CNN. The emergency doctors who are our board members were there from all over the US and we watched as the second plane flew into the tower. I was supposed to fly to Barcelona, Spain, on September 12, the next morning and I turned to my boss and our CEO and said "my husband does not want me to fly tomorrow" and they said "You are not going." Later, of course, they grounded all the planes for two or three days, and no one flew anywhere.

Our house is about 15 minutes from DFW International airport and it was so strange not having planes fly over the back yard. The skies were so quiet and it just felt like the end of time.

I stayed on email all day that day with my editorial board members who are emergency doctors in New York. Dr. Wyer told me they were waiting for the ambulances to come in, but none came because there were no survivors. He said you either got out with minor injuries, or you didn't get out at all. Another one of my bosses, Dr. Newman, was flown to the crash site in Pennsylvania but of course there were no survivors there, either.

I just wanted to be home with Carlos and the pugs that day. I think a lot of people just wanted to be with their families that day. What a sad time in our history.

14 comments:

Jean Levert Hood said...

may we never forget.

bindu said...

I was at a meeting at work too, but no screens. One of the senior people in the meeting got a call in the middle and he told the rest of us some guy seems to have flown a plane into the WT center. Since we had no clue about the scale of this disaster, all of us thought it was some guy with a small plane who was new to flying who flew too close or something, and chuckled. Then the second call came, and by then it was clear something awful was going on. The meeting ended and we spent the rest of the day following the news and slowly realizing what had happened. So horrifying.

Pearl said...

Hi Nancy- what an interesting post. I very clearly remember that day, too. I was 17 years old and stuck at high school- absolutely horrified. I called my mom, crying hysterically, and begged her to come get me. She couldn't, as she works on a military base and was locked down.
I think it's a day none of us will ever forget. So many innocent lives lost, and so many things we take for granted were shaken that day. Miss Pearl wasn't even born yet- and I'm glad! I try to shelter her from the bad things out there!

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

i was at work when we heard. we turned out the TV's in time to see the 2nd plane hit. then i almost threw up when i remembered my brother was on a flight that left from boston... i spent 15 minutes calling his cell phone trying not to panic. he finally called me back after they grounded his flight in pittsburgh. i remember feeling relief and guilt at the same time knowing so many were injured and worse. i still have all the papers from that day and those that followed. i remember that day clearer than any other event in my life. terrible terrible tragedy.

Neas Nuttiness said...

I plan to do a post about this too.

Edward Burton said...

It was a very sad day indeed. Beautiful painting, Nancy - I love the way you handled the background with the soft colors.

Yoda and Brutus said...

I was at work. My boyfriend called me and told me that a plane had flown into the WTC. We have one TV at work that we turned on in one of the cubicles. I remember standing there watching the coverage about the first plane and watched in horror as the second plane struck and knew then that this was not an accident. We were building our house at the time and had our pre-drywall inspection - our house is near the airport and it was so odd not to see any planes in the sky.

Robin said...

I can remember being at school in the 4th grade and my teacher Mrs. Shaw turned it on to show us what was happening. I didn't know at the time that we even had a WTC, all I remember was one of my friends broke down crying because she said her cousin and her uncle worked there. It was sad to see her hurt like that. Everyone was getting out of school but my mom and dad had to still work that day so I didn't get to hear all about it till my dad explained it when I got home.

A New England Life said...

So glad you didn't fly out the day before and end up stuck in Spain!

I was at home that morning by myself listening to the radio and about to step into the shower. I heard about the first plane so I turned on the TV to see what was going on.
It looked bad but they were reporting it was a small plane. Then the 2nd one hit and I felt shock and sick to my stomach all at the same time. Brent was at a golf tourney and the girls were at school so I had to sit and watch by myself as a third and forth plane went down.

It was probably a couple weeks before I had a good nights sleep. So much loss and over what?

Kim VanDerHoek said...

What a sad day that was. I was at home getting ready for work. I flipped on the news like I always did and saw a picture of the second tower burning. The first tower had fallen already. When I heard where the burning building was and what had happened I called my boyfriend (now my husband) on his cell to tell him the news. He had just left my house to go to work and hadn't heard. As he pulled over to the side of the road the second tower fell. I remember gasping, "Oh no, all those people!"

What a horrible day.

AutumnLeaves said...

Something about your words, "the end of time," just gave me shivers. In retrospect, those feelings were indeed there. I too was at work in the Merchandise Mart (Chicago's trade center) and watching people freak out all over. Most offices sent workers home early that day. Shock and fear were prevalent. A sad day in history indeed.

In a lighter spirit, however, I love the autumn feel to this beautiful flower painting, Nancy.

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LindaHunt said...

The day will forever be etched in many of our minds. What a beautiful painting this is. I have recently found your site and love your work!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

It was at least two weeks before I felt I could draw a complete breath.

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