Around 5 to 6 months before the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, I started to have horrible plane crash nightmares. I’ve always been prone to nightmares my entire life, but these were different.
I was not one to have recurring dreams though. Bad though my nightmares might be, that was usually the end of them. Until then. They kept happening over and over, unfolding the same way. I would wake up crying, and sit bolt upright in bed.
Several points were always the same. There was always 2 planes, it was morning and a large city in the North East. The planes were flying so close to the buildings though in my dreams, when I’d wake up, I’d always tell myself it was just a nightmare since the planes would never be flying so close to the buildings.
As that fateful day approached, my nightmares increased in frequency to the point where I feared going asleep they were so awful. That Tuesday morning of the attacks was just like any other. I was watching the Today Show when it happened. I saw it all unfold in front of my eyes. When I first saw it I didn’t connect it to the nightmares for a few moments. When the second plane came into view and started for the second building, it was that second the nightmares came into my mind. I couldn’t believe what was unfolding before my eyes that I’d seen so many times in my dreams. It was so awful, yet I’d seen glimpses of it before on and off for months leading up to it.