I was an 11 years old boy living in Italy...It was the perfect sunny day and I spent the whole summer playing football with my father and friends, a
very happy and active summer.
I was about to start the first year of middle school...
It is the only day of my infancy in which I remember every single word I said and other said to me...
Me and my brother, age 8, were watching television, most Italians that day were watching the children's program called Melevisione...It was the last
day I ever watched it.
My father was working in the garden to wash and set up some plant...My mother was working in a school.
Suddenly every single tv program indicates something happening in New York. I am alarmed by the sudden interruption of the program.
I can see the twin towers full of smoke.
When I was little my father went in the twin towers.
I called my father telling him that a plane crashed into one of the towers. He was schocked to the core...
He was asking himself how that was possible.
I remember telling him " Dad, isn't something like this happened before? ". I received no answer.
He stopped working into the garden to watch television.
Soon after, we watched live the second plane crashing into the other tower. My father than said " Terror attack ".
We watched the whole thing in different rooms, the kitchen and the living room. We had many tvs at the time and we were watching BBC and Italian tv in
My father told me to call my mother. I did and I explained what was happening.
She said " What? Really? ".
She later told me that she annonced this at the job and nobody believed her, though she said that I was not the person who makes this jokes.
Soon after, another worker interrupted the reunion with the same news and everybody came home...
We spent an amount of 3-4 hours watching television. My mother came home and we 4 were in front of the tower when they crashed down and my parents
were talking about the " start of world war 3 ".
In the evening, my father visited a friend that has a bike shop, because we were supposed to send my bike to be repaired. I came with him and they
were discussing the whole thing.
I remember the day before we were watching the final of Miss Italia, a beauty contest, where a 17 years old girl won the crown.
I remember the day after I became interested in newspapers for the only period of my life...Now I prefer watching internet news.
I remember Italian newspapers were giving news as " 20.000 dead in Manhattan ".
I called my best friend just in time for him to see the towers crashing down.
I remember that a few days after or maybe the same day we discussed for the FIRST EVER time politics and a world event together at the phone.
It was the very first time I was interested into world events.
My infancy was over this way.
edit on 8-9-2011 by Zagari because: (no reason given)