Ten Years

Ten years ago today, I was in eighth grade. I was sitting at a tiny desk amongst a classroom full of teens, taking a standardized test, one that all students in Indiana were required to take that week. Around 10:30am, we finished one portion of the test. An announcement came over the loudspeaker, saying that our school was on lockdown (no one could come in, no one could go out). My teacher reached to turn on the TV. I knew something wasn’t right.

Though I can’t remember exactly what I was doing last year on September 11, that day, ten years ago,¬† is one I will never forget.

September 11 is also my sister’s birthday. While we mourn and remember the thousands of lives America lost on that tragic day, my family celebrates my sister’s birth.

Happy Birthday, Sister

It seems a little ironic, doesn’t it?

The thing is, there’s no reason her birthday shouldn’t be acknowledged, celebrated. People have actually said to me, “Your sister was born on September 11? Really? That seems weird.” Why, though?

Before the attacks, September 11 was just another day. Before it would be remembered as a tragic morning. A day babies were born. A day children  went to school. A day people went to work. A day I was taking a standardized test in a classroom full of thirteen-year-olds.

Where were you on that September morning? 

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7 Responses to Ten Years

  1. I did a post dedicated to the day on my blog as well. I was sitting in class, but as soon as it happened all we did was watch tv for the next few days.

  2. I don’t understand why people would think the day your sister was born is weird. I’m glad you can still celebrate cheerfully! :)

  3. Jess says:

    I was in the 6th grade, and had no real idea what was going on. I didn’t understand. Happy birthday to your sister, though (I don’t get that either!)

  4. Scarlett says:

    I live in New York, so the memories of 9/11 are very personal to my friends who were here in 2001. At that time, I was just starting 10th grade, and also heard the news at school. My memories of the day (which I just did a blog post about as well) are very skewed by the fact that I was early in my treatment for anorexia and so preoccupied with fears about my new mealplan that I only half-registered what else was going on.

    tell your sister happy birthday from all of us in blogland! :D

  5. I wish I remembered what I was doing..I don’t think I even realized that the twin towers fell..I was only in preschool :(

  6. I’ll never forget where I was either. I remember thinking, why is everyone so scared and upset? I understood that a plane crashed into the WTC, and it was sad, but I didn’t understand the magnitude of the situation. I thought it was simply an accident, and I had no idea that terrorist groups existed. I think from that point on I became a little less naive. I remember crying watching the towers fall and thinking of all the innocent lives. I’ll never forget the nightmares I had for weeks afterwards. And I don’t think I’ll ever get over my fear of flying. September 11th affected everyone, and it’s a day we’ll never forget <3

    But happy birthday to your sister. You are 100% right in thinking that she has every right to celebrate her birthday!

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