I was not in the Twin Towers - - I was about 70 blocks north, wondering where to run if it was a continuing terrorist attack, and as a journalist, writing about 9/11 was part of my work for years - - but I hope it's Quora-permissible to add a comment nonetheless (and my apologies if not, I'm new here).
Each of you has been beautifully open in sharing your stories. NYC will never be the same, and I do not think people in cities and towns that have not experienced a tragedy on this scale do not fully understand what it was like to be here at that time. Every moment was terrifying, even for those of us who were not in the Twin Towers but nonetheless faced the moment-by-moment decision, a process continuing for many months, of whether to stay in the city that is our home, or whether to rate the risks too much to bear, and abandon ship.
Those of us who stayed (despite scary bad air, a very unsettling middle-of-the-night rare NYC earthquake, the anthrax scare, and a horrible plane crash in November) were left with a curious conscious new solidarity, realizing that previously, we were thrown together geographically by chance - - but from that point on, we were together by choice. Were you here in 2001? The silent question we all have for each other, and the answer, important in our understanding of so many things.
I was at 7 WTC earlier this month.. a fancy reception on a high floor... my first time in anything
WTC in nearly ten years. A weird feeling, looking out the windows past the wineglasses and hors d'oeuvres: "Were you there?" "How are you feeling?" seemed on point. The usual chit-chat did not. I noticed a lot of people just standing by themselves, staring out the window. Unlike at most parties, they did not look like they hoped someone would approach.
Can't say I know what they were thinking.