I watched probably more than six hours of CNN’s coverage of the 9-11 anniversary yesterday throughout the day. I cried until my eyes were sore and red. My head hurt, and I just felt completely spent. (I can’t imagine how the families who lost someone felt!)
We had good talks with the children. They basically knew what happened but it was interesting for them to see the memorial and the families affected. They found it hard to believe that the kids we saw on the TV were babies when they lost their mother or father in the tragedy.
Walsh couldn’t understand how the terrorists got weapons on the plane. He’s flown many times with us and said with all those metal detectors and body searches how could anybody sneak anything on the plane? We tried to explain that those measures were because of 9-11, and they didn’t use to do that.
Rose was only a few months old when the attacks happened. I was sick with a cold and was at the doctor’s office when the first plane hit. Michael was at home with the baby. I rushed home and he left as quickly as he could to get to work to help. Of course I was worried the CNN Center, where his office was, would be hit too. (When he covered the Olympics in Salt Lake City later that winter I also was very worried!)
We worried about our friends and colleagues that we had worked with in New York City years before. I hoped the editors I had worked closely with were safe and wondered how my former boss got home to her kids in New Jersey.
We loved living in New York City and visited the Towers with friends when they came to town. There were glass ledges you could lean forward on and feel like you were standing on air. (I can’t remember which tower or which floor but I remember doing it.) It’s awful to think about people coming out the windows to escape the smoke and fire.
On a slightly brighter side, I loved the new fountain memorials. At certain angles, it looked like the water coming from the top made lines that looked like the outside of the Trade Centers. And I liked how the inner box looked like the towers collapsing only for the water to return to the top and start anew.
Around 9 p.m. the DVR switched channels to record two more 9-11 shows, and Walsh and I just couldn’t take it anymore. We were too sad and we asked Michael to please turn the channel. (Walsh did like a show yesterday about how they were rebuilding the towers. He thought it was fascinating how they got the concrete up 60 stories and how the construction workers walked the beams in such high wind.)
I had planned to go tonight to hear former CNN anchor Aaron Brown speak at Arizona State University about his recollections from anchoring the attack. I’m not sure if I will go now. I’m not sure I can take anymore sadness.
Did you watch the coverage yesterday? Did you watch with your kids? Did you feel sad or happy to see the memorial built and the tower rising from the ground? What were your kids’ comments or thoughts about what they were seeing? What questions did they ask? How did you answer?