What Were You Doing When You Found Out about 9-11 5 Years Ago??

by mama1119 65 Replies latest jw friends

  • Good Girl or Bad Girl?
    Good Girl or Bad Girl?
    I worked with another Witness. On my way out I was really bummed, sad, red-eyed. He asked me what was wrong. I just stared at him for a second and then said, as though speaking to a child, that I was kinda bummed out over what was going on in New York.
    He laughed. He laughed at me, and said "Seriously? WHY?"
    I just walked away, crying. If that was where he was starting from, nothing I said would ever make him see.
    That night at the Kingdom Hall there was an excited atmosphere. A couple of others there were depressed, like me, but everyone else fell into two camps: exultant, because the end was that much nearer, or worried, because they were afraid of religious persecution starting up.
    One more Jenga stick pulled out of the tower of my faith in the Witnesses.

    under_believer, that is unbelievable!! I didn't go to the meeting that night. I worked until 6PM, was DF'd at the time, and went over to my "worldly" boyfriend's house, who was a pilot, to watch it on TV together. I just couldn't calm down enough from the shock of the day to deal with a stupid meeting that night. Now I wonder what the atmosphere was like at my kingdom hall...although being DF'd I guess it would have been hard to tell as I wouldn't have interacted with anyone...

  • greendawn

    I was in Strassbourg at the time, and when I went back to the hotel I saw many people watching the TV I asked and they told me what happened.

  • mama1119

    I remember witnesses being all excited...thinking it was the end. I was horrified at work, when we had a few moments of silence for the ones that dies, and the JW there wouldn't participate, they just continued working while everyone, including customers bowed there heads in silence. After it was finished, one of the JW came over to me and said she noticed I participated in the moment of silence and I shouldnt have, and not to do it again if they had another one. What a loving group.

  • crazyblondeb

    I had just gotten home off a 24 hour ER shift. I lived 50 miles north of Dallas. They called us all back in "just in case". My daughter begged me not to go. We treated alot of anxiety-related things and heart attacks.


  • 30girl

    I was at work. My husband called and told me to turn on my radio. I couldn't believe what was going on. I was so scared. We live about 3 hours out from the city and I was wondering who they were targeting? It was so unbelievable. We wondered where our friends were and if everyone was safe? That Friday night we flew to Nashville for a friends wedding. The airport was silent. They confiscated my tweezers, security was really intimidating and I was really glad. When we flew home Sunday morning we flew over ground zero and the smoke was still billowing up into the sky, everyone on the plane was looking out the windows, some took pictures. Jim and I were humbled by the flight attendants and how awesome they were to everyone. They took everyone's feelings into consideration as we were all teary eyed as we flew back home into Albany. We all talked and showed pictures of our families and loved ones. As we drove home from the airport there were no con trails in the sky. That really struck us, it was one of the few times we ever saw the sky completely clean. It's weird because I reflect on that memory and think how we were still in the Borg then, in fact we had just been publicly reproved. It means more to me now. Now I am patriotic. I understand what it means to love the country I live in. I also define spiritual different now.

  • Good Girl or Bad Girl?
    Good Girl or Bad Girl?

    Hi 30girl, welcome to JWD, glad to meet you. Thanks for sharing your story. It's very touching. I know what you mean about patriotism and spirituality and what those words mean to you now. Now that we can decide for ourselves what these things mean to us.

    Good Girl or Bad Girl

  • troubled mind
    troubled mind

    I had just dropped my kids off at school and was listening to the radio in the car when they broke in with an announcement that an airplane had hit the first tower . When I got home I was watching as the second one hit . My oldest son called me from work and I called my husband . At work we turned a radio on the rest of the morning in the store . Mostly everyone just stood around to be with others . I'll never forget how eerie it was to have no airplanes flying and how quite . At the kingdom hall I felt it was so improper to just go on as usual we should have addressed and validated everyones emotions . After that day we made sure to tell each other we love each other when we left for the day , that has started to were off so this is a good reminder to restart it again .

  • Badger

    I had tuesdays off from class, so I was working at the local paper. Never did doing the sports section seem so frivolous.

    Since my desk had the AP wire on it, we got every update as it happened. However, we didn't subscribe to the AP photo service, so I didn't see any pics/video of what happened until after 2 p.m.

    I also remember the two gas stations within sight of my window going from $1.12 a gallon (oh, those were the days) to $2.35 as the lines formed. As did about 80% of the stations in town. I pat myself on the back for not getting caught in the hysteria and relying on my half-tank until things died back down two days later.

    And we still don't have Bin Laden.

  • done4good

    Getting of a plane. Seriously.


  • DanTheMan

    I was getting ready for work and I flipped on the TV. Matt Lauer was interviewing somebody (can't remember who it was), and he held up his hand to his ear the way news people do when they're being told something through their earphone. He said that there was some urgent news story that they were going to cut away to. And there it was. I couldn't believe it.

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