The Day I Learned To Knit.

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This morning the sky filled with grey smoke.  It was curious, I took notice, but I was in a hurry and had to get on the train.  On my trek to the L Train, there were more people than usual.  They were either looking up or fiddling with their phones.  I passed a few but as I got closer to the train station these normally confident New Yorkers seemed confused.  I joined the masses and asked if the trains were running.

I looked towards the Manhattan skyline and realized the smoke was centralized around the World Trade Center, the centerpiece of the view that I love.  The opening credits to more movies than I can count.  It was also the opening sequence to my young adult life.  No one knew what was going on and at that moment the rumor was that the Towers had been bombed.  The word on the street soon changed to planes.  The mushroom cloud around the buildings grew, but to those of us on the other side of the East River, it was time-lapse photography, like watching a devastating flower bloom on the Nature Channel.  At this point I realized that I was in the middle of a tragedy.  The city had been shut down.  The only traveling this morning was from a great height.

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  1. Ninja Mom

    September 11, 2011 at 10:31 am

    This is a perfect piece of writing—your best. It’s beautiful, poignant, even though it’s centered around tragedy. Thanks so much for telling this story. Love it, love you.

  2. Joshua Leeger

    September 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    great article Scully…yes, such a strange day…

  3. Jennifer McLester

    September 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    That means so much to me. Thank you. You are the best.

  4. Brittany Tallman

    September 13, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Nice article! I was in college at the time and remember in great detail the phone call that came from my mother that morning yelling, “turn the tv on, it’s history in the making!” I was confused, but that’s exactly what it was history in the making and I was glued to the tv watching it all unfold. It truly is hard to believe it has already been 10 years!