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By: Zoe Potter

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:21:26 +0000

Dear Penelope, I was just a three week old baby when 9/11 happened. I get my information from stories news reports and eywitnesses like this one but I know it was hard for everyone having their innocence shattered and their freedom taken from them. When I was in class on 9/11/11 ten years after it was a cloudless day and it seemed normal but then I looked up and thought 'No this isn't a normal day.' Some people blame the origional president for the attacks but he wasn't responsible. the People who ran into the flames never came out, the people that went to Afghanistan never came home. Thanks for your time, Zoe Potter. P.S. God Bless America.



By: Kathy Donchak

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:11:29 +0000

Penelope, I had not read this before today. I was in NYC the day and week before with all the women in my family celebrating our mother's 70th birthday. Even though we had all been to the city many times before, we were tourists in every sense of the word. The photos of that trip are bitter sweet. It was such a normal day that day, and we considered staying another day. Instead we boarded planes and scattered throughout the country. The events of that day impacted me to my very core. Your ability to share your experience is remarkable. Keep sharing - keep connecting. We all need it. Kathy



By: Robert

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:07:15 +0000

I agree



By: thomas

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:04:49 +0000

so do i



By: Rebecca

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 18:07:03 +0000

You judge and condemn Penelope for writing about her experience immediately following 9/11, a day that is seared into the memory of us all, and a day that, for Penelope, and many other survivors, was a nightmare of epic proportions, unimaginable to those of us who weren't similarly trapped, or almost killed. And yet, in the first few sentences of your comment, your priority is to tell us how aggrieved YOU are, and how YOU are haunted by the thought of your friends' death. Your focus is, in spite of your comments to Penelope, on YOU. So, save the judgement, please. We are all driven forward, many times in unthinkable situations, by our quest for life, for self-preservation. Our basic human instinct and will is to live. How dare you, who did not personsally lie beneath that rubble, or wander through it, thinking you would never get out, judge a person who, like your friend, was there? I think your anger and judgement is misplaced. You need to seek therapy to help overcome your feelings of anger towards survivors who do not express your idea of appreciation or gratitude, or whatever it is you find so aggreigous in this post. You have no right to tell Penelope, 24 hours after surviving 9/11, how she should feel, react or write. You are sad.



By: michelle lopez

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:41:57 +0000

Thank you for sharing. Don't even recall how I ended up on your site reading this post. First time on your site. Wasn't the plan . . .my husband was a first responder (NYPD) on 9/11, I worked in the city in Times Square then in my former career as employment lawyer/career counselor/advisor, originally from Madison, Wisconsin . . . so many similarities. This post brought back a lot of memories most importantly it made me remember why I decided to embark on a path different from the one I was traveling on. Been stuck lately, doubting, questioning myself, my thinking . . . needed to read this post to remember. Thank you



By: Sammie

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:06:57 +0000

You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation however I find this matter to be really something that I feel I would by no means understand. It seems too complicated and very wide for me. I am taking a look forward in your subsequent post, I will try to get the cling of it!



By: Monae Myers

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:36:58 +0000

In the first account you have a father speak about his daughter calling telling him a plane crashed into the world trade center, he's experiencing a shocking moment. In the second account is the actual daughter speaking about her terror and confusion of what is happening to her.