I remember the day vividly. My mother had called and woke me up to tell me she saw buildings exploding on TV. She urged me to turn on my TV. As soon as I turned on the TV to the news the live video showed the second plane going into the second building. I couldn’t believe my eyes. My boyfriend at the time didn’t have to go to work that day but usually traveled to the WTC to transfer trains. Why he was off of work that day I am not sure but it was meant to be. Our cell phone service went out and we couldn’t contact anyone to let them know we were ok.
We watched the news all day. Seeing the thousands of people walking across the Brooklyn Bridge cause they couldn’t get on the subway was unbelievable. We drove down to the bridge and saw nothing but smoke and debri in Manhattan.
I did the night show on WBLS at the time. The day after was one of the saddest days of my life. I didn’t play any music. The entire four hours I just talked to people about how they felt and spent most of my shift crying. I had quite a few listeners in the WTC that I talked to on a daily basis. I never spoke to them again. I don’t know if something happened to them or not.
The next few days were the worst. Certain points in the subway smelled like burning flesh and the debris didn’t go away for weeks. My boyfriend and I went to ground zero to comfort people who were looking for their love ones. It broke my heart to see people looking for their husbands or wives that were in the first building and worked at the top of the building. It’s like they were in denial. This is understandable since that day was surreal. Pictures were posted everywhere of people missing.
I still have the NY Post from 9/12 and 9/13. I look at them every now and again. I still can’t believe that I experienced such an event. I learned quite a lot though. I learned that life is short and you NEVER know when your time is up. I also learned to appreciate the people you love most because you never know if you will see them again.
I left New York a few months later to move back to Ohio. I didn’t feel comfortable in NY. Not just because of 9/11 but it played a huge part. I wanted to be closer to my family. I will never forget this day.