20 Years after September 11 2001
For the person I interviewed, 9/11/2001 started as a regular work day. It was a beautiful day and it began with going to her job at state street after having dropped off her son at the mulberry day care. 15 minutes after she arrived at work, someone in the office started shouting, “Oh my god, oh my god”. All of her coworkers huddled around the computer and came to the disturbing realization that a plane had hit one of the twin towers in New York. In the shock of the breaking news, she describes the office becoming still as everyone waited to register the information. When the second plane hit, the realization that it was not an accident struck and a heightened anxiety was felt in Boston. She remembers having chills after witnessing the crash. Seconds later an alarm sounded in the building and stated the recent news report, that they were evacuating the financial district and that there was a plane missing that was unaccounted for. As she grabbed her stuff from her desk and exited the building her first thought was to grab her son from daycare and get home. After having reached home safely she decided to take a walk around the neighborhood that was eerily quiet and she remembers seeing the fighter jets overhead, that broke the quiet.
The first thing she said without even thinking first, when asked what changed after 9/11, was “Everything changed.” She said the biggest difference directly after 9/11 was the increased paranoia and security. Getting into work was now monitored and you had to have your credentials to enter the building and there was a constant sense that there was a terrorist around every corner. Since then she believes that paranoia has decreased but the previous belief in America’s invincibility was shattered, after 9/11 was the first mainland attack on America. Since then, she believes that having the terrorists and people responsible for the attack should be held accountable, but the continued war and Islamophobia are not ways to heal from the attack saying “death paid with more death is never the answer.” To finish the interview she said that to this day 9/11 will always have an impact in people's minds and hearts through daily life, as well as in politics.