we had that tuesday off. we slept in, ate a late breakfast, then packed our laundry in the car to head to his parents' house. and of course, npr came on as soon as we started the engine. and this is what we heard.
before we understood what was happening, i remember the shadows of the giant oaks in our neighborhood, i remember laughing about some joke quickly forgotten. i don't remember how we navigated to his parents' house after we grasped what was going on.
even now, i am listening to it (for the first time since it happened) and shaking a little. the disbelief, utter and complete, was enormous. even after we arrived and saw the images over and over on the television, i just couldn't comprehend it. i still can't.