Remembering 9/11


I had been married for one month on 9/11. 

Here is what I remember:

  • I was on my way to work when everything began to unravel. I spent the entire day in front of the office tv.
  • I called my husband, who was teaching a class at the University of New Hampshire to ask if he had heard what was going on.
  • He thought I was joking.
  • Fear
  • My nieces birthday who was born 3 years later on 9/11
  • Driving through Shanksville on the way to my parents house each time we went to visit.
  • Experiencing the anniversary of 9/11 after we moved to the Washington, D.C. area was intense. There are so many raw emotions.
  • Driving past the Pentagon whenever we went into the city and seeing the memorial, visible from the highway.
  • Going to New York City and walking near the construction site for the 9/11 memorial.
  • Anger
  • Capitol Hill hearings from the first responders who were literally dying while addressing House Members.
  • Resilience
  • That I will always remember because it is too important to forget.


What do you remember?


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Tracy is the Director of Programming and Partnerships for Darkness to Light, a child sexual abuse prevention organization. She grew up in northeast Ohio, and has lived in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Northern Virginia and has worked in the arts, in education, in non-profits and in ed tech. Her husband's job brought them to the Bay Area and there's no looking back! Tracy is mom to two trans teens who are just beginning their journey. Self-care includes pedicures, reading, cooking, crafting, and just being with her family. She also serves as Chair of the Board for the Attachment and Trauma Network, a national non-profit.


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