Back then I was 11 years old.
The economy and global unrest were things that I didn’t pay attention to. I didn’t have an email address or use the internet much at all. My exposure to the news was what I read in World Magazine, children’s periodicals, saw on TV, or heard verbally.
Gas cost about $1.50 per gallon, cell phones were inconvenient, and kids could talk to airline pilots in the cockpit before taking off.
I was next door at my grandmother’s house doing schoolwork when my dad came over and told us to turn on the TV.
The first tower. Then then second. The Pentagon. Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
President Bush. Osama bin Laden. 3000 dead.
Shock. Alarm. Speculation.
United We Stand.
Today I’m 21 years old.
I read about the economy and global unrest almost every day. I use email and the internet like crazy. I rarely read magazines or periodicals and seldom watch TV and all the news I consume today comes directly from the internet.
Gas is $3.40 per gallon, cell phones are cool, and people get groped at the airport.
3000 US citizens died that day. Osama Bin Laden is dead too.
Things happen. Bad things.
Then changes happen. Big changes.
But life still goes on.
…To my friend Jeremiah Warren for creating this video.