September 11th, 2001

Dear Charlie,

I can't stop crying. And, I can't stop watching the news. There was a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the twin towers fell because planes got hijacked and crashed into them and I smelled the smoke from school. Sorry, I know it's a lot to write like that but I can't think right now.

At first I didn't know what was happening. I wasn't too scared. But then there was an announcement that we should all stay in the building because there was a fire so we all went to the windows to look. It was horrible with this smoky smell everywhere. We just sat in class and I didn't know what to do. I was thinking about my mom because she works in one of those buildings, I didn't know which. And my dad works around the corner from there. I was in a panic. Rachel was telling me to calm down, but I could see how nervous she was too. And all the time the smoke smell was coming in. We closed the windows but I could still smell it.

I was only there for about 45 minutes because my parents came to get me. They said they walked to my school because they said there was no other way. I think they ran. I was so happy to see them both safe that I started crying right there at school. After that we went to get my brother and sister. They were just quiet. I don't know if they knew what was happening because they are only in first grade. As soon as we got home, I turned on the news. They were saying that some Muslim terrorist group did it. I'm really scared. It just occurred to me that I should write to you. I read your letter last night but it seems like so long ago. I can't believe just a few hours ago I was reading about you and your football story wondering what my day would be like so I could write back to you.

I'm shocked and I'm so scared. My mom said I could sleep in her room if I want to just like when I used to have nightmares when I was little. I am lying on the floor in their room now with the twins who are already asleep. My parents are watching the news in the living room and I'm trying not to listen. I am afraid something else bad will happen, like the terrorists attacking us again and my family will get hurt.

I don't even know if I have school tomorrow. -Zara