"I can still remember the dust coating the windows of our upper east side apartment and the sirens blaring non-stop."
September 11th 2001 fell on a Tuesday that year. It was also my second week of second grade and I was just beginning to learn the names of my new teachers and everything there was to know about the exciting prospect of being a second grader. I remember vividly watching the movie Sarah Plain and Tall in a dark classroom and sitting near the back with my best friend Lucie (who would remember the movie as being James and the Giant Peach) and giggling with her about some stupid scene that had just occurred. During a quiet moment in the movie we all heard the loud and squeaky door near the back creak open slowly, revealing our head of school whom was new that year. I remember wondering if any of us had gotten in trouble, and if so, who it was and what they had done. Instead, she walked over to my teacher and whispered something in her ear. Immediately my teacher’s face went cold and she quickly raced over to the projector and shut it off. From there she told us that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center and that we all needed to go down to the gym immediately and wait for early dismissal. I remember waiting in that gym for what felt like hours, not knowing what was going on and praying that someone would come get me. Finally, my mom entered through the door in a hurry and told me we needed to get home right away. The streets were a mad house, we had to walk 25 blocks to get home and when we finally did my mother turned the tv on straight away and began watching. It wasn’t until a couple of years later when I had finally grasped what had happened that day did I put together more of the pieces. I can still remember the dust coating the windows of our upper east side apartment and the sirens blaring non-stop. Even then I realized that something terrible had happened. I don’t remember much of my life before the age of 9 or 10, but this event will forever stick in my head as a moment that changed my life forever.
Sag Harbor, N.Y.