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Monday, September 11, 2006

Did you see them in the river?
They were there to wave to you.
Could you tell that the empty quivered,Brown skinned indian on the banks
That were crowded and narrow,
Held a broken arrow?
--Neil Young
Five years ago today I had just left the Jones Institute for Reproductive Technology in Norfolk after having been poked and examined inside and out by 15 residents and giving a quart of blood to measure my hormone levels. I was in the pharmacy waiting for my $1000 worth of medication when I watched the bombings unfold on live television. I hurried to my car to cross the Bay and return to work as military planes and boats scrambled all around me; I was one of the last cars across before they closed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Two weeks later I discovered that this fateful day had begun the process that would give me my India.
Where were you?

8 comments:

C said...

I was on may way to work and they came in on the radio saying that the first tower had been hit.I got to work about 5 minutes later and we were glued to the TV for the rest of the day. We had no cutomers that day and the days to follow things were still and quiet.

We watched and waited to hear from friends that work in NYC to make sure they were ok...it was a long wait!

Joyce family said...

I was volunteering for the United Way at a education center for city kids and they had a TV in one room. After the first plane hit I was shocked but tried to do a little more work, then when the second happened I called my husband and my mom and went home to sit in front of the tv the rest of the day and cry.

The Turmanators said...

I went to work ( therapist for about 6 kids) and, of course, couldn't watch or listen to the news or even tell my clients what was going on. I missed much of the coverage, for which I am now profoundly grateful.

NCArthurs said...

I was monitoring state-mandated language arts testing of 9th graders in Indiana. Turned on the TV during a break to see what was going on...which was a mistake. Both because I wished after that I hadn't been the adult responsible for those kids seeing some of the images so abruptly, and because I fell off the chair that I used to reach the TV when I turned it off - 8 months pregnant at the time. Pat and my OB gave me a scolding at my appt. that afternoon. A surreal memory, really, and I don't remember much else about the day.

da man said...

I was at a mime lesson with Shields and Yarnell, when my old friend John Lennon burst in to tell us what had happened. I didn't have the heart to tell him that Condi sent me the Presidential News Briefing 4 weeks earlier and I knew all about it.

The Turmanators said...

Who the hell is "da man"?

Delane said...

I was at work. My mother-in-law was visiting and able to give us updates after cnn.com shut down from the overload of hits. At some point I told my co-worker in the next office that one day people would say "what were you doing on 9-11?" I decided that what I was working on wasn't that important and went home to watch the news with Amy and her mom. We then drove to Claudville to pick up Jackson. My dad had picked him up from daycare along with my nephew(without telling us!)

The Turmanators said...

Cliff, if you are "'da man" then you almost had me fooled! Good impersonation of our little friend. At least I hope it's you...