Every year on this day, we are reminded of the thousands that have lost their lives on that tragic day and how the current war has begun. Forgetting the numerous conspiracy theories and whatever anger people may hold in their hearts, I would like to take this moment to put those feelings aside. Please keep in mind everyone lost something that day, whether it be friends, family, business, homes or a sense of peace.
I still remember being in my 7th grade English class when the buildings were attacked. My teacher walked in very calmly, told all students who had parents around the WTC area to call them. I didnít know why I was calling, but I went to the teacherís office to call my mother (Ms. Kawano). She was fine and sheltering people in the store.
School decided to let students out at noon, and the principal had all students leave with a parent. (It was a small private school, so this was actually possible.) I waited for someone to come get me, as I sat watching the news in complete disbelief. I was just there, buying rice balls at the small Asian convenience store. How could it be just gone? It didnít even go up into flames and have some grand finale... It just disappeared into ashes.
To add to my surprise, it was my mother who came to pick me up. She apparently walked 4 miles to get home, then came to get me with my stepfather by car. When I got home, I went to the top floor of the building to find many residents looking off into the distance to see the dark smoke where the buildings once stood. After a month of the event, the school had an all day assembly and all of the students who lost someone spent the day expressing their sorrows. Students sat in silent denial, some were quietly ranting their anger to their friends, others sat in tears, but most didnít know how to feel.
Korin is located only blocks away from the WTC, so of course we were in the frozen zone for a year. The authorities let the employees grab computers and anything else we might need after some time. Korin had no office, no showroom, and a portion of our inventory was still in the basement. We made a makeshift office at my house and visited customers with products. Thankfully, Korin has a warehouse in New Jersey or else we would have faced the same fate as the hundreds of other small businesses in the area.
Anyways, my point is... No matter who you are or where you may be, my heart goes out to you. I hope you find triple the amount of happiness to make up for any pieces that went missing.
Thank you for reading my very sentimental post.
Where were you when the 9-11 attack happened?