Do You Remember?

I do.

Like millions of others today, I am looking back on September 11, 2001, a day I woke up, and took my children to school.

The day was normal. What would breakfast be? What arguments about clothes would I hear? What would the “fit” of the day be?

After all those normal things were finished, I sat down to write at my computer. And then my husband called me. Said, “Turn on the TV. The World Trade Center is under attack.”

I watched in horror, with the rest of the nation and our nation’s sympathizers, as the World Trade Center fell. I watched the endless newscasts. I cried on end. I fought the desire to drive to the school and pull my children out, and hide them away from this horrible world.

I called my mom, who was getting ready to depart on a Mormon mission to Switzerland, and said, “Mom, turn on the television. The World Trade Center has been attacked.”

“In Switzerland?” she said, horror filling her voice. I guess you can tell where HER head was.

“No, Mom, the World Trade Center in New York. America is under attack.”

It would soon hit home for her, hard. The truth would be undeniable. Her visiting teacher, a member of her ward, a woman who had sat in her living room just DAYS before, had been on American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to slam into the trade center.

Her name was Mary Alice Wahlstrom.

For months after the attack on America, flags flew at halfmast, and I could not drive by one without tearing up.

Do you remember? I do. I will never forget.

This is honor of all the victims of 9/11. Godspeed.


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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7 Responses to Do You Remember?

  1. azteclady says:



  2. Cheryle Pruett says:

    For those who are not old enough to remember the JFK assasination, the feelings that we have for the 9/11 attacks are similar. You never forget where you were, what you were doing. We will never foget – we just can’t. Bless everyone.


  3. Jennifer says:

    Natalie, I’m so sorry your mom lost a friend. I don’t think you ever told me that.


  4. Cele says:

    Thank you Natalie.


  5. Yes, Jen, it brought the whole thing way too close for comfort. Thanks for the compassion. Cele, thanks for reading. One thing 9/11 did was to make reexamine how much I have to be grateful for.

    Azteclady and Cheryl, thanks for reading and commenting.


  6. Starkitty says:

    Natalie, I too, am very sorry about your mom’s friend. It was a terrible, terrible day.

    Thing that I have a hard time coping with even today is the fact that there were children on those planes.


  7. desi says:

    Thank you for reminding us to remember. It is very important NEVER TO FORGET


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