I watched just a little bit of coverage yesterday of the 10th Anniversary of September 11th. After the umpteenth time of hearing the story and how the events played out I had to turn the tv off. A study was done about that time covering the post traumatic stress anxiety brought on by watching too much of the news when a tragedy strikes. The 24 hour news syndrome. I didn’t know that is what it was but I’m a sufferer, by accident I’m afraid.
I was driving to work when I heard the news reported live by Don and Roma on WLS radio. It was around 8:45am when I called my Parents and Mom said both Dad and her had watched the second plane live fly into the tower. They are on San Diego time so that would have been around 6 something in the morning.
I had pulled into work and my co-workers and I gathered around the little 14 inch tv in the break room to see the coverage. Within minutes the first tower fell. On a small screen we weren’t sure if that is what we saw happening. And not too long after that the second tower, the Pentagon and Flight 93.
Business was not normal that day, we had but just a few phone calls, but I made a bank deposit as usual and remember several years later when I was pulling old files how strange it was to see what we did and how odd it was to see my handwriting spelling out 9/11/01 paid. It was a beautiful day, a normal day…except for that one terrible event.
I don’t think we’ll ever forget. But how you remember is the main thing I guess. My suggestion, and I’m only saying this because I don’t want you to get anxiety like me, is to turn the TV OFF and remember.