Hard to believe it’s been seven years since the world as we know it changed right before our very eyes. I remember going numb when I first saw the footage of that terrible day. I remember my phone ringing and my mom’s frantic voice asking me if I saw what was going on and being too shocked to answer. I was horrified at what I saw but was unable to turn away from the tragedy. I was working for a company at the time that did conference calls for a lot of the companies based in the World Trade Center and couldn’t help but wonder if some of the people that I had talked to in the past were in the office that day and it they were ok.
I stumbled thru most of the day in a haze and drove into work unsure of what to expect. Would we buy busy doing calls for people trying to check on co-workers and loved ones? Or would things be silent and pensive as we all waited for the next boot to drop. It was the latter of the two, the entire call center huddled around a small black and white TV watching the horror unfold. Some people were unable to watch and just sat quietly at their desk crying to themselves. I remember seeing the towers fall, unable to fully comprehend the full extent of things. I remember looking over at my best friend Ak and seeing the same shell shocked expression on his face that I knew was on mine.
We sat around trying to figure out a reason for this to be happening. Who would want to do something like this to innocent people? We talked about the attacks on the Pentagon and the bravery of the people on Flight 93. They let us go home early that night, there were no conference calls going on, the nation was too shocked to conduct business. I remember going to Ak’s that night and sitting out on his balcony smoking a cigar and him saying “This is the end of the world as we know it” I don’t think either one of us knew how right he was on that day.
I know there will be other blog posts about this tragic day and I thank you for stopping by to read mine. Please take just a moment to remember those who lost their lives today and keep their families in your thoughts.