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  •  was it patriotism we felt on that day? (8+ / 0-)

    I can't remember feeling patriotic <sigh>  I felt shock, I felt fear, I felt panic and then depression like I have never known...  I hung up a flag a few days later, but I wouldnt open ANY windows in our home because the stench of death and burning debris hung in the air over NYC and it was overwhelming.  took days for hubby to get me out of our home but he forced the issue so I went back 'outside' and began the long recovery most NYers went through and some are still going through.

    on that day I spent over 5 hours frantically calling Hubby;s workplace asking 'has he shown up yet?' counting the timing from when he left home to when the first plane hit and it kept coming out that he would have been right AT the WTC when the towers fell...  and he wasnt at work.  over and over 'has he shown up yet" getting more and more frantic as the time passed and there was no word.

    finally the phone rang...  "hi, its me I AM OK"  i didnt say a word, I just cried and cried and cried  "its been hell out here"  COME HOME was all I kept saying...  COME HOME... "i am trying to find a way to get home"  and all I answered was "COME HOME"  

    I was lucky, my loved one came home... my neighbor didnt make it home... he died in the tower, rushing up the stairs in full first responder gear to save others....  he didnt make it.  Alot of people 'didnt make it'  alot of us are still trying to 'make it home'  

    RIP Vernon <sigh>  

    When will McCain address REAL ISSUES, "WHEN PIGS FLY"

    by KnotIookin on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 07:19:46 AM PDT

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    •  I don't know if I'd call it patriotism (6+ / 0-)

      But, in the immediate aftermath, New Yorkers acted amazingly well.... There was a feeling of unity that is usually lacking; people were more polite and more giving and more interested in each other.

      •  That's true - I experienced it (1+ / 0-)
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        I went out the next day to get several newspapers.

        There was an indent and small hole in the asphalt at the corner of 3rd Ave and E. 43rd. It had been there forever and I always avoided it but there was a TV interview going on at that corner so I had to veer off my usual path. I veered right into that indent and hole, twisted by ankle and fell. I was quickly surrounded by a group of solicitous people helping me, asking if I was ok, did I need help getting home.

        If it had happened at another time I might have been lucky if someone asked if I was ok as they hurried by.

        At least for that time people really did come together and care about the other person.

    •  wanted to add this.... what SAVED my Hubby (7+ / 0-)

      that day was VOTING.  It was primary day in NYC and we were looking forward to voting for a new mayor and getting rid of Rudy...  we had planned to vote together after he came home from work but there was no line at the poll when he left that morning so he said "what the hey" and went in to vote...  it meant the difference between being on the Brooklyn side of the tunnel or at the WTC on the other side of the tunnel...  he was stopped as he was about to go into the tunnel and into manhattan 'because a plane had hit the WTC'

      He kept trying to get into manhattan by other routes and was on the esplanade when the first tower fell..  he said 'it was like watching a movie in slow motion, every car stopped, people got out and just stood there..all staring as the tower fell, no one said a single word.. we just stood there and stared in disbelief"

      hours after that I got the call "hi, its me I AM OK"

      VOTING saved my Hubby....  VOTE

      When will McCain address REAL ISSUES, "WHEN PIGS FLY"

      by KnotIookin on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 07:27:41 AM PDT

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    •  Not that day - in the aftermath n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      That day was fear, confusion, disbelief, shock.

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