Where Were You On 9/11?


I was gardening in our community garden, located in Washington DC, just ten blocks from the Capitol Building, the home of the U.S. Congress. Our community garden is an oasis of peacefulness and my soul is refreshed when I garden there. On 9/11, after the planes hit the Trade Center’s twin towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, authorities deemed it likely another plane could be heading for the Capitol. I had no phone or radio, but a garden neighbor came outside to tell me that something—she didn’t know what—had happened at the Capitol Building, that police were swarming all over the grounds and surrounding streets. My immediate thought was: something bad has happened and it will be distressing to learn what it was. And I would not be able to do anything about it. I decided to stay in our garden oasis and continue gardening rather than going right home to turn on the radio and TV to learn the bad news,. Which I did, for more than 2 hours. It was the right decision.

-Pat T.

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Smithsonian Gardens, “Where Were You On 9/11?,” Community of Gardens, accessed July 15, 2024, https:/​/​communityofgardens.​si.​edu/​items/​show/​12195.​
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