Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 229


What were you doing this time 12 years ago?

I was working as a Communications Officer and was eating a pork and rice lunch (funny how your remember these things) at my desk at the University of Gloucestershire. The internet was our ‘lunchtime only’ treat (that’s what the bosses thought) and the BBC News website that I was browsing mentioned some attacks in New York. I read on as the news filled up with images that were hard to see, hard to understand. I didn’t go to my creative writing course that evening – my tutor cancelled class – and we just sat in, watching the TV as the same horrendous pictures and footage and eye-witness accounts of that day filled the screen.

NYC, 9/11

NYC, 9/11

Facebook today is filled with memories of 9/11. I often ask my American friends what they were doing on that day.

These are some of the comments that have struck me, and which are a strong reminder of how people must have felt as events unfolded before their eyes.

This morning we wanted to take a moment to reflect and acknowledge this day…may we always be surrounded by Peace and Harmony today and always…

Prayers and blessings to the United States through all we have in front of us, behind us and presently living…let us all get along, with peace and harmony!


Little did I know 12 years ago when I received a phone call about a suspected terror attack in New York, the impact it would have on our lives. Lest we forget!

“You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy.”
–Colin Powell

Never forget – The tragedy or the triumph.

I know this happened in the US but I feel it affects people the world over.

Haunting images of that day

Haunting images of that day

12 years. Can’t believe it. #neverforget

12 years ago I was teaching kindergarten. A mom called–“Tell K her dad is alright.” Only as the day unfolded did I get it. He worked at the Pentagon, but wasn’t there that day.

12 years ago I first thought some fool crashed his Cessna into a tower. Shortly after I knew we were under attack. Remember watching the first tower fall on TV, all the rumors of places being bombed, building closed, Will wondering why all the kids had early dismissal, and NO planes in the clear blue September Tuesday sky.

It’s 9-11. In remembrance of those who lost their lives. A new tower rises as a testimony to that dark day.

A new tower rises

A new tower rises

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13 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 229

  1. Andy says:

    We were living in Virginia south of DC and that morning i went into hospital for a minor local procedure. When i woke up everyone in the recovery room was crowded around the TV. I asked what was happening and one of the nurses told me a plane had crashed into the world trade center in NY. I assumed it was a small light aircraft and didn’t know the extent of the attack. As my wife drove me home we listened to it on the radio, and then spent the remainder of the day watching it unfold in front of our eyes. I remember crying when the towers fell, thinking of all the people trapped inside.

  2. VictoriaK says:

    We were living in Northern Virginia, minutes from DC. I was home on maternity leave with our newborn daughter; our son was in Montessori kindergarten in dad’s Maryland federal office building, and dad was at a meeting in another Maryland federal office building. Panic for me until they pulled into the driveway, safe and sound.

  3. ThatOtherGuy says:

    I was working at JPMorgan at the time and their office was 23 Wall Street. I heard the jumpers when they hit the ground. The most horrible sound I’ve ever heard. I still get a lump in my throat now when I think of it. I left the office as soon as the first plane hit and headed north. I made it to my parents house in NJ about 6 hours later. I lost my friend that day. His name was Sean and he was a great guy. The kind of guy you’d introduce to your sister. Goodbye Sean, I miss you my friend.

  4. EmmaK says:

    I was sitting on a plane at Heathrow (stopover) with my six month old baby ready to take off to Baltimore when the stewardess told us about the attacks and that all flights were cancelled. I met a really nice man who let me share a taxi into London and also leant me a buggy because mine was already on its way to Baltimore. Luckily I had a flat to stay in in London but I know many hotels put the prices up four times as high to ‘cash in’ on the crisis. I was in London for a week until the planes started again.

  5. Sally says:

    We were on holiday in Greece, came off the beach and turned the TV on in our hotel room to get the BBC news. I thought it was a trailer for a movie but soon realised this was for real, couldn’t wait to get back to the UK the following day so that I could check up on my NY friends, thankfully they were all OK. Changed things forever didn’t it?

  6. salpal1 says:

    I was safely at work far from NYC, DC and PA. An annoying coworker told me the first plane crashed and it was terrorists. I dismissed her with “it’s just some little plane again, it happens” and I so wish that I had been right. I lived alone then, so went home to sit by myself watching the horror. I have never felt more lonely.

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