Reliving the Coverage

Tue, September 11, 2007

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at <span class=Every year on this day, MSNBC rebroadcasts in real time the events of 9/11 as they were shown on The Today Show.

I’m sitting here watching it now as I write this (and apparently so is my BlogHer pal Bossy!)

And I can’t stop watching it.

I watched it on 9/11. As someone who resides “in the shadow of the nation’s capital,” I lived a certain portion of the events of that day, as well. As the crow flies, the Pentagon is pretty damn close. Mr. PunditMom learned the hard way the virtual impossibility of evacuating this city — his normal 15 minute commute on a main D.C. artery took close to four hours after his building was evacuated, the fighter jets buzzing continually overhead to protect D.C. air space.

The possibility of things happening here again is one of those thoughts that lives in the dark recesses of my mind that I try to keep at bay.

Yet, I can’t stop watching.

I know what happened all too well — in New York, at the Pentagon and in the field outside of Pittsburgh. But I can’t turn away from the images — the towers collapsing, the mountainous plumes of smoke emerging from the crash sites, the voices of Katie Couric and Tom Brokaw and Matt Lauer trying to remain calm and even in the face of the unfolding devastation, not knowing how much more was to come.

Most of the year, I am able to file it away in the corner of my brain where I keep the thoughts that need to stay walled off in order for me to go about the routines of my life without crumbling.

But today, I can’t stop watching.

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12 Responses to “Reliving the Coverage”

  1. Alex Elliot Says:

    I’m the same way. There’s a part of me that still can’t really process that it happened. I remember just sitting and watching hours and hours of the coverage. I haven’t had the TV on today, but if I did I know I would sit there and watch over and over again. Just like I kept on starring at the picture you posted of it. I used to take the PATH train into the World Trade Center every day for two years.

  2. painted maypole Says:

    i’m always struck, each year, by how many people in other lands have horrible things that happen so much more often, and have to find a way to move forward. Not to lessen the horror of this tragedy, but i feel we need to be more aware of the tragedies and horrors that others live with on a much more daily basis. 9/11 has made me much more aware

  3. LYONSPOTTER Says:

    After all the time that has passed, things can get distorted and out of perspective. So on a day like this, 6 years to the day of the horrific attacks against the US, we need reminders. We should watch videos like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsF-RiMzGpk

    It puts things into the proper perspective.

    Pass it on!

  4. slouching mom Says:

    I think maybe we all watch it over and over because we really, truly believe something like that could never have happened.

  5. Oh, The Joys Says:

    I know, I know. It was so awful and yet…

  6. Lawyer Mama Says:

    It always stops me cold. Like the picture you have on this post. I’ve seen it a million times, but still I have to stare at it for 10 minutes or so in dumb struck horror.

  7. mayberry Says:

    That is ALL I did on that day and the next two (when our office building was closed). I had to be almost physically restrained from freaking myself out with too much TV. So paralyzing.

  8. Mauigirl Says:

    I didn’t watch replays of it today but I don’t need to. That picture is burned in my memory. I don’t feel as if it was six years ago; it feels like yesterday.

  9. impromptublogger Says:

    We tended to keep the TV off then because my daughter was only 5 years old. She knows a little about it now but doesn’t remember a thing about that day – which is what we wanted.

  10. FrankLee Says:

    This is the first year that I haven’t watched any coverage. But it was certainly the first thing I thought of when I got up on September 11 and the last thing I thought of before I went to sleep.

    Thanks for the post. The images are important.

  11. BOSSY Says:

    Honestly Bossy would *still* be watching it if it weren’t five days later.

  12. Hoto Says:

    we will never forget !!!


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