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Saturday, 10 September 2011

My 9/11

September 11th 2001 is a day that many of us will remember and I can't believe how quickly the last 10 years has flown by.

At the time we were living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was a stay at home Mum to Sam who was 10 months old.

My day started out as any other Tuesday morning with a trip to a 'Book Babies' class at the local library with Sam. On the way I heard on the radio that a plane had gone into the Twin Towers. The radio presenter at that time assumed, along with lots of other people, that it was a light aircraft and an unfortunate accident.

I carried on to Book Babies and although it was briefly mentioned by a couple of the Mums there I didn't really think too much about it.

After the class I had planned for us to go to the local shopping Mall for a few hours but as I started driving I heard news reports on the radio that a second plane had gone into the Twin Towers and another into The Pentagon, this time I also heard the chilling words 'America Is Under Attack'. At that moment in time I felt very alone, I was thousands of miles away from my friends and family and said to myself 'why do we have to choose now to come and live over here'. I was scared and decided to go straight home.

When I arrived home there were messages on the answerphone from my Mum but when I tried to phone her the lines were all busy, obviously jammed up by so many people calling loved ones. I turned on the TV and phoned my husband at work, who had barely any knowledge of the events happening in New York. He told me not to worry and he would see me later.

My Mum then managed to get through to me and whilst we were talking she told me that another plane had crashed, this time it had come down just 80 miles from Pittsburgh yet it was my Mum, nearly 4000 miles away that informed me of it before it was reported on the News programme I was watching. I was really scared now and phoned my Husband to ask him to come home.

Shortly afterwards I noticed that my neighbour had arrived home and went out to speak to him. He worked in the highest building in Pittsburgh and his employer, not knowing what was going to happen next (rumours were flying around that Flight 93 had been heading towards Pittsburgh), made the decision to send the employees home. We both stood there on my front porch, scared, crying and hugging and on that day a special bond formed between us. We have looked back on that moment since, laughing at how pathetic we must've appeared, blaming it on our sensitive Cancerian side, as we both share the same birthday.

For days afterwards I became obsessed with the TV and the news reports, the TV was on constantly and I was sat glued to it. It was hard not to watch, most channels seemed to be showing the planes crashing, over and over again. I'm so glad that Sam was too young not to know what was going on as I'm not sure I could've managed to keep the TV off for any length of time. As the days and weeks went on the less I watched and eventually our lives returned to normal.

A year later I was expecting Hanna and was given two dates that I could be induced if I wanted the same Obstetrician to deliver Hanna as had delivered Sam, one of them was September 11th and the other was September 16th. I chose not to have my baby on the 1st year Anniversary of 9/11 and opted instead for 16th. I later heard that the hospital gave babies born on September 11th 2002 Stars and Stripes hats instead of the usual pink & blue stripey ones as a mark of remembrance.

I will never forget that day ten years ago and my thoughts are with families that lost loved ones.




  1. I'm thousands of miles away in the UK, and the shock and disbelief was awful over here,so I can't even begin to imagine what it must have been like to be in America at the time. My thoughts are with everyone who lost people in the atrocities, and I for one will never forget.

  2. I don't think it is something that anyone who was an adult at the time will ever forget, or forget where they were when they heard. I've written up my thoughts as well, I can still visualise it now.

    It must have been so frightening being out there on your own.

  3. I can not imagine what people went through

  4. That must have been so scary for you, didn't click that you were in America at that time, I can remember so clearly being at work for Lunn Poly in the hr office and someone had the footage on a PC and at first it seemed like a film so unreal, then it just got worse and worse and to see them come down was such a shock, so sad for the all the families of the victims and the victims themselves RIP.

  5. Wow scary stuff, this post brought tears to my eyes. I can't believe it was ten years ago and also feel for all those victims and families left behind x

  6. I can't believe how quickly the time has flown either, I still feel very emotional whenever I think about that day x

  7. Mummyandthebeastie11 September 2011 at 09:58

    Ten years has passed so quickly. It must have felt so much more scary for you living out there and I can understand why you would have been so upset. I remember finishing work and going to visit a friend when the first plane hit. I will never forget sitting there and seeing the second plane hit live before my eyes, truly horrifying. Whenever anything is on tv about 9/11 I have to watch it and it always plays on my mind for so long. Visiting Ground Zero is also a very humbling experience and people seem united in showing their respects, weird feeling there x

  8. I would really like to pay a visit to Ground Zero, I have never been to New York even though we were so close, I can imagine you would feel very emotional visiting there. x

  9. I never knew you lived in America for a while and that must have made it all the more real to you. It was happening in you home effectively. You must have been so scared and worried and i can only relate to that when i was working at The Royal London hospital when the 7/7 bombings went off and again no phone lines and family outside London were terrified and I knew nothing!

    I watched it all unfold before my very eyes just before starting University. It terrified me and will still haunt me...the start of my adult life being marked by such a political and tragic event. I have since been to New York and seen ground zero but the most amazing bit was the Little Church next to it that stood standing. It left me in tears. RIP to all those who lost their lives and much love to all those who lost loved ones. x

  10. It must have been terrifying, especially feeling so alone. My heart goes out to all those affected by this awful tragedy. xx

  11. Wow you lived in America? I didn't know.
    It must have also made the experience even more terrifying. I dont blame you for not wanting to give birth onnthe anniversary of such a tragic event. It was so horrific and unsettling. I can remmebr that day like it was yesterday. Thanks for sharing your memory x

  12. I wouldn't have minded if she chose to come that day but I didn't want to choose that day for her. It was terrifying and it really got to me so much that I went to church, something that I have never done unless it's been a wedding,christening, funeral or Carols by candle light! x

  13. It is so interesting hearing memories of that day, I knew you lived in America but I didn't realise that you were there at the time. That must have been very scary thinking that Flight 93 was heading for Pittsburgh. I think I would have done the same in regards to Hanna's birthday but I think thats lovely that they gave them memorial hats. xx



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