It Was Just Suppose To Be Another Work DayI was living in Atlanta and working for a company called Faucett New Media. I don't remember how I got to work that morning. Maybe I walked; I lived in midtown just a few blocks from downtown where I worked. It was about a mile and a half and sometimes I walked and sometimes I would catch the bus downtown or take the subway . I really don't remember, but all of those are possible as I was wont to do either on any given day and it was total whimsy on my part.
I usually came in the back way and when I got in I noticed that the few people who were there were up front in the lobby watching the television.
That was kind of unusual so I put down my stuff and wandered up front to see what the deal was.
They were saying on television that a plane had flown into the twin towers and my very first thought was 'this is a terrorist attack". I don't know why I thought that because they weren't reporting that on the television initially. Much of what happened next is a blur in my mind. As more and more people arrived for work that morning the lobby area started to become crowded as we explained what was happening to each arriving group. By then we knew it was probably a terrorist attack. My best friend had worked in the Pentagon and I didn't know if he was still stationed there and I watched as one of the faces of the Pentagon went down and I prayed for my friend
I remember watching in utter horror when bodies started dropping from the upper levels as people jumped to escape the fires. I remember lurching as I imagined the thud when I saw some of the bodies rebound off of awnings and lower levels. My mind stopped seeing it as real then. I remember thinking it was like the Titanic when it tipped over and you saw bodies falling from the decks.
I also remember thinking. These people really don't understand America. They think they will cower us but they do not understand that they will awaken the sleeping giant.
I did think that to some degree we had bought it on ourselves one for being so self absorbed and not knowing or caring what the rest of the world thought of us, and two because we unquestioningly support Israel in whatever they do. But I didn't feel we deserved this and as an ex-serviceman I thought about going to re-enlist. I thought .... they should not have done this......
Peregrin 51-55, M 4 Responses 0 Nov 6, 2010