Thursday, 22 September 2011

The one minus 10 YEARS AND 10 DAYS.

September 11 2001.

For those of you who don't know, I used to live in New York City. I spent about 4 years there..adapting to the crazy chaotic city life and loving every moment of it.

It started out like any normal school day. Walked to school, catching up with my girlfriends and went to class. All i remember was sitting in class then suddenly there was a knock on the door. I remember the teacher's face clearly but i cant recall her name. So anyway, she looked quite calm and glanced at a piece of paper in her hand, then told the class that two airplanes had just crashed into The World Trade Center and left the classroom. Im sure she said something else but those were the words that stuck in my head. I looked around and everyone looked as confused as i was. I remember thinking it was a joke. To clear my head, i asked for the bathroom pass and walked out.

In the hallway i heard screams, cries, and rushed to where the sound was coming from. The cries led me to a room filled with teachers and students just concentrating on the tv screen in front of them. I went to join them and there it was clearly on the tv screen, the airplane crashed into the building and in a matter of seconds, the second plane hit the twin towers and everything just collapsed.

The next thing I remember was all the students gathered in the cafeteria and waiting for our parents to pick us up. One by one, our names were called out in the intercom and we left. The situation on the streets was unvelievable. U know those movies where there's a big monster or Godzilla chasing people in the cities? Yea it kinda felt like that. People were running around on the streets running for their lives and eventhough my school was about 80 streets away, the smell of the smoke and dust was still strong. I held my mother's hand tightly and just ran towards our apartment.

We lived on the 56th floor and at that time, all I wanted was to be somewhere grounded. I got goosebumps everytime a plane passed by thinking it would suddenly crash into our building. That's all I remember. Although the details are a bit blurry but the fear i felt that day, i'll never forget. I don't think anyone would forget.

For those who lost their lives, who gave up their lives, may your souls rest in peace.

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