Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Change

So there was a recent question on Facebook about where you may have been on 9/11. I answered "at work". But there's more to it than that. I was working at a Whole Foods. It hadn't opened yet. I was hired to work in Specialty and Wine. We were still building out the store. It was maybe 9 am or so. I was outside smoking with one of the guys from the bakery department. We overheard the construction guys talking about the World Trade Center bombing. I thought they were talking about the incident years earlier. It did register that there were no planes in the sky, but not that I should be concerned about it. I went back inside, and ten minutes later all work stopped. TV's were rolled out, in several areas of the store. We all stood there entranced, shocked. Unable to move. Unable to think. My cell phone rang. It was Mama Bird, calling to find out if I had heard. I called my ex-boyfriend (former Navy) to make sure he was okay. It turned out that the Shift Manager of my store had an ex-wife. Her new fiance was on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon.
Nothing more got done that day. I couldn't even think straight.
I remember sitting outside, just before I went inside and found out the news. It was such a nice day. Warm, sunny, a few clouds here and there. It was quiet. Peaceful. And then it all changed.

--Little Bird remembers


coyote said...

It was eerie how quiet it was outside. I live under the flight path to Paine Field where the 747's and such are made. I would stand out on the deck and listen to the quiet. The car traffic even seemed to go silent.

After a few days a sheriff's plane flew over head. It was unauthorized. He soon had a couple of F-16 flying up his tail pipe.

Chris said...

I was skipping vocational school that day and was chatting with buddies about upcoming events in our gaming league when the first TV-stations switched their programs. It felt surreal at first, but it didn't took long to realize it was all to real. Although, as a non-US citizen I was unable to grasp the full impact this event had and still has.