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The morning of September 11, 2001 started out just like any other morning. We got up and dressed and then decided to go visit my mother-in-law who lived in Nashville at the time. We got Gabriel our son who was just a little over 1 all snuggled him in his car seat as we started the hour drive. I stayed in the backseat with Gabriel as he was grumpy and ended up taking a nap with him. Then my husband woke me up. "Kassie WAKE UP we are being bombed in New York and no one knows what is going on." We had just reached Nashville and heard about the first airplane on the radio. We kept looking into the sky afraid of what was going to happen next. We made it to my mother-in-laws and turned on the TV. For the rest of the day we sat still as could be and watched the horror unfold. Another plane into the other Tower. A plane crashing into the pentagon. The collapse of the towers one by one and the cloud of dust and debris left in the wake. Then the brave few who fought back and crash landed in Pennsylvania.

This was the first time in my life I was seeing something this real, this horrible, in front of my eyes. I went through every emotion possible that day and still do when thinking about it. So many lost. Hell, America as it was is lost. We now have a fear that will never go away. We are anxious at things that would never have bother us before. So in that way the terrorists won. They gave us fear, but they never thought we would fight back. Not with only war, but each individual fighting this new fear. I fight it everyday. Sometimes I win and sometimes I'm scared to death.

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  • Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said:  

    I don't think I've ever felt comfortable on a plane, nor looked at the sky the same since. The weight of this day is SO HUGE, y'know?

  • Sara Elizabeth Bonds said:  

    You write so well, Kassie. When I read this, "This was the first time in my life I was seeing something this real, this horrible, in front of my eyes," I was nodding my head yes the whole time. I couldn't have explained it any better.

  • Staci said:  

    You're so right-that day changed absolutely everything, including the way I think about things. Back then, I never would have thought I'd have to worry about things that seemed impossible in our country.

  • Cheryl said:  

    I agree- your story is so touching. It's amazing to feel that Sept. 11, 2001 was 8 years ago, yet still feeling like yesterday.

  • Frantic Holly said:  

    What an amazing insight and so eloquently written. Thank you for allowing me to see it from your side.

  • Amanda said:  

    I found it interesting that not everyone was on heightened alert. Maybe it's because my husband had been teaching force protection for so many years, but I knew what to look for and I was watching for it. Were were only an hour and a half from DC and Baltimore each. People where we lived didn't think anything could happen there. We were too far removed according to them. Well, that was until the guy sending the Anthrax letters was caught at the Army post only 20 miles away. Then a year later the DC snipers were caught 9 miles away and there was proof they had been in our town amongst us. That's when people around us started to get worried, but it took domestic terrorists and about a year.

  • Karren said:  

    I dont think in my lifetime I have ever experience a more helpless feeling or sadder time than 9/11. It will never bee the same in this world.
    Thanks for your story, Karren

  • babyrocasmama said:  

    I understand exactly what you mean. I feel the fear, the anxiousness...all of it. And it becomes stronger and more visceral for me with each passing year.

    The terrorist gave us fear, yes, but we gave them America's fighting spirit right back. This did not kill us, it made us more aware. We will win this, someday.

    9/11...I Still Remember. I Cannot Forget