Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?
Where were you when the world stopped turning?
I was in Trusts and Estates class. We took a break because my professor was a chain-smoker. We took that break at 8:45 AM. I left class and went to the Ladies' Room. I was wearing my best suit because I was supposed to have an interview later that morning for a clerkship with a large firm in my city.
My professor came into our classroom and said we needed to go watch the news, so, we were all gathered around the television when the second plane hit the towers. And when the plane hit the Pentagon.
Campus closed and I had to go get Gabriel from the campus day care center. I had to take him to my interview. The interview was strange and surreal and we talked only of the events of the morning and not about the clerkship.
Three of my cousins were living (and continue to live) in New York City. None of them could be reached until hours later.
I went home and watched the TV and held my baby and held my husband and at 7:00 PM my phone rang. It was mother, telling me that the doctors had given my grandfather a few weeks to live. I sat down on my kitchen floor and cried for a long time.
My professor stopped smoking. I didn't get the clerkship. My grandfather died the day after Thanksgiving. For weeks my normally pacifist Husband walked around humming Bruce Cockburn's "If I Had a Rocket Launcher."
I have never been the same.
So. Where were YOU when the world stopped turning?
*Alan Jackson Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?