I remember so much about 9-11. It's amazing because I typically don't remember shit. You know. Alcohol and all.
But in the middle of a full blown college party happy hour (at 830 in the morning....no judging), I remember.
I remember waking up for class....which was rare at that time. So rare that I couldn't sleep the night before, so I ended up just getting up early. I didn't go to ONE of those classes that semester.
I remember turning on the news....for some reason that now i can't recall. I remember getting pissed because I just wanted normal news, and every station was playing some bullshit terrorist attack. I didn't realize that it was our Homeland. I remember standing there like a zombie. i remember not believing.
I remember going out on the porch and looking up and down the street and people crying. My friends and neighbors asking ME if what I saw on my TV was real, because they truly thought it was a lie.
I remember wanting a drink but I was too paralyzed to move.
The last thing I remember was holding the remote and sitting on the edge of our couch and not leaving for twelve hours. I don't even think I peed.
I think the worse part was seeing the buildings fall. I mean, I saw that 2nd plane hit, and I was in shock. But sitting there and glued to MSNBC as the towers fell.....well. That did me in.
It was afternoon when I 'woke up'. Wasn't everyone in a trance?! I remember thanking God that I'd filled up the Mustang (god I miss that beast), the day before....even though i could have used that beer money. There were lines to gas pumps for literally miles. MILES.
I also remember a big convenient store getting their ass ripped for over charging....ahemmmmm Daras.
I remember the world changing. i remember FLAGS flying. WITH PRIDE! i'd never seen so much pride. I'd never seen so many American Flags.
I'd lived on this planet for twenty some years. I bet I could count on one hand how many american flags I saw proudly displayed outside homes.
September 12th, I saw millions. I saw red, white and blue everywhere. I saw unity. I saw love. I saw sorrow.
I remember that. All that.
I also remember and will never forget those that lost there lives that day...and days after.
And will never forget.