Never Forget, is what we say about 9/11

What I will never forget is my friends all going downtown in Cleveland to give blood….us walking around hugging complete strangers during what was a the 2nd week of college 1/3rd of whom came from NY. I remember my friend Alex emailing his parents (which was totally weird way to communicate in an emergency back then) and people offering cell phones (much rarer then) to help Mark and others call home. I remember the school office being open 24hrs for landline calls which were so much more dependable then. I remember Glenn was driving people downtown to give blood, and helping to find places for people to go using his cars. I remember stories via the phone from Chloe seeing the building going down, and Emily and Jessica meeting everyone for meals. I remember Charlie sitting alone in his room, not having met us yet. And I remember the giant sleepover we had that night…and though it turned into people being angry and sad, I’ll remember that our first reaction was “How can we Help?” And it was my first and best experience of college relationships, and served as a pattern for the rest of my experience at Oberlin College….. and that is what I never want to forget about 9/11

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