Where were you?

I meant to post this last week, but somehow things just got away from me….work, Browns (which I will not be writing about)…you know.

Where was I 10 years ago on that day America changed? I distinctly remember exactly where I was, what I was doing and how quickly my plans changed that day.

I was at school in Chicago and in my suite getting ready for my 9:00 a.m. history class. I had a suite and could see in my mirror in the bathroom, my TV in my bedroom. I had it set, like every other morning, to the Today show. I was putting my makeup on and blowdrying my hair and remember hearing the news come across the TV. Immediately, I stopped what I was doing.

Within minutes many other girls from my floor were in my room and we were watching as the Towers came down. Some of the visuals I don’t think will ever leave me. People yelling and jumping from the building. I remember how scared all of us were, especially as more and more threats were coming in and Chicago was named as one of them. In that moment, all I wanted was to be back in Cleveland (and I often wonder if that was what pushed my decision to move back to Ohio).

That day was all a blur after that point. Classes were cancelled. Prayer vigils were had around campus. That evening our whole school turned out for a chapel service. I was on the phone with someone that I went to high school with, who has a strong military connection. He attempted to calm me down, yet explained to me what he believed had happened.

While 9/11 was a tragedy, I also think it was an important moment for the American spirit. People joined together in those days ahead. People volunteered, gave blood, sent food and prayed for one another.

About Charlene Ann

Type A, City Dweller. Lover of all things CLE, bad pop music, coffee, reading, to-do lists and wine.
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