I was in California visiting my parents. My Mom, who has amnesia and is not a reliable news source, called out to me to come watch the TV, someone had just bombed the World Trade Center. I told her it happened a long time ago and they were just talking about it on the news again or something. She said, “No, this is live. An airplane flew into it.” It took me watching TV for a few minutes before I could process what happened.
I drove back to Utah that day. I remember how the freeway was deserted. I listened to the news on the radio for a while but had to turn it off. All the details were just too disturbing and I didn’t want to hear anymore. I drove in silence for hours.