What I remember from 9 years ago - I was working at KinderCare. One of the teachers heard on the radio that a plane struck one of the twin towers. I initially thought a plane clipped a tower antennae or something. As we continued to listen, the events unfolded & horror came over us all. Parents started picking up their children early. Everyone was in shock.
I remember talking to my mom on the phone. She was watching it all on tv - I remember her saying with panic in her voice, "Someone is attacking us!"
Since I was at work all day I never really saw much of the news reports and videos that were coming out. I am thankful now for that.
All this happened 4 days before our wedding. Everything was so confused and unsure at that time we weren't even sure if our wedding could continue as scheduled. It did. But, I know of at least one person who wasn't able to come because he was stranded elsewhere because all flights were stopped.
We actually decided to go on our honeymoon to Costa Rica. Flights began again right before we left. It was with some trepidation on my part and the planes were virtually empty. So, was the resort we went to - usually filled with American tourists. Only the locals were there. And, I remember talking with them in our broken Spanish and their broken English about the tragedy. They were so sad for our country.