I was sleeping that morning. I got a phone call telling me what had happened and I turned on the TV just in time to see the 1st tower fall. The news caster had no clue. I couldn\’t believe what I was seeing and didn\’t believe it until someone in the news acknowleged it. I got ready for work with one eye on the TV watching and listening as the events unfolded. When I finally arrived at work, we pretty much sat in front of the TV all day. We were all in a daze. The phones didnt\’ ring, we didn\’t work. The whole week was quiet. It was hard to get back to work when nothing seemed normal.
Now, it\’s five years later. It\’s hard to believe that five years has gone by so fast. Tate and I went to see World Trade Center Friday night. It was very moving. During the evacuation part, Tate was saying the he wouldn\’t just be walking out calmly, he would be running. I was like… they didn\’t know… no one knew how bad it was going to get. There was urgency, but not the kind that would make you think \”get the hell out NOW!\” They thought those buildings were invincible. Who would have thought they were going to fall any minute? Even the police officers on site didn\’t know the extent of it. The information was limited. They didn\’t know the 2nd building had been hit. It\’s weird to think that I, in California knew more of what was happening then they did.
I needed to see that movie. I needed to remember that day. As we were driving home, it felt weird to go back to \”normal\”.
Many questions surround the 5th anniversary of that horrific day. One of which is \”Do we feel safer?\” I have heard people…a lot of people say NO. I just don\’t understand how that can be.
I feel that we are definitely safer today than we were 5 years ago. Our Security administration is now paying attention to \”chatter\” and warnings which lead to the capture of the would be Shoe Bomber and those British people with the liquid bombs. In addition, they are flushing out the local \”sleepers\” and potential terrorists.
While some may feel that the extra security measures are violating their civil rights, I believe that whatever it takes to keep me safe in the air, is what is necessary.
Well, I guess that\’s all I have to say about that.