Read Related: How A Mother Explains 9/11 To Her Young DaughterOur phone started ringing nonstop. Call after call after call, we waited, eager to pick up the phone and hear Mom and Dad’s voices. We were disappointed repeatedly, each time it was another concerned family member calling. Aaron and I had stopped watching TV, but then something intuitively told us to turn our attention back to it. It was at that exact moment that we saw the second tower fall, the tower where both my mother and father worked. We just sat there. Still. Not knowing what to do. The phone rang and rang; we didn’t pick up. THE WAITING BEGINS Later, we sat by the phone for hours answering calls, talking to relatives and concerned friends briefly, wanting to keep the line open in case Mom or Dad called. I was petrified that I would never see my parents again. It was five o’clock when the door bell rang. We thought maybe it was more neighbors checking up on us. As soon as I opened the door my dad hugged my brother and me so tight, squeezing the breath out of us. We were so happy to see him and he to see us. Still, something did not feel right. We looked behind my dad, hoping to see my mom, but Mom was not there. Again we sat and waited. By this time, many of my relatives had arrived. Although my parents had divorced when I was six, we all remained close. So my dad’s family had arrived. Relatives of my mom’s boyfriend (who was living with us at the time) also had come. My mom’s family would arrive from Florida later. We all waited. My grandparents, aunts and uncles kept telling me that Mom was going to be okay. I believed them.
The beautiful Tuesday morning did not seem so beautiful anymore. Her mother, who drove my brother, Aaron (who was already in the car) and me home everyday after school, rushed us to our house as fast as she could. As soon as we got there, Aaron turned on the television, and I rushed to the phone to call my parents. Mom had called earlier and left a message for us on our home phone. She said she was shaken, but okay and was leaving because they’d been ordered to evacuate.