Fly Away Home
A memoir about the ups and downs in life and the back and forth travels of a multicultural family.


This is a preview to the chapter LIFE GOES ON from the book Fly Away Home by Maggie Myklebust.
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In September 11, 2001, something terrible happened.

I was waiting for Harry to get home so we could call Michele as it was her birthday. She had recently transferred to Marshall University, a college in West Virginia, and had met someone who I was eager to hear about. Missy was away too, at a teaching university in Stavanger. The television was on and with the boys up in their room I quickly switched off the cartoons and turned on CNN.

The first thing I saw on the screen was the World Trade Center looking as if there was a hole in one of the towers, with smoke billowing out of it. As I stood there watching and trying to make sense of it all, an airplane came flying out of nowhere and flew directly into the other tower. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and all I could hear was chaos. As the unsteady camera zoomed closer in I saw there were two airplanes, one in each tower. How could this happen? I thought, as I ran to the phone to call my mother. She would surely know something. I had to try several times before finally getting through.

“Mom, I’m watching CNN and I see airplanes in the Twin Towers! Do you know what’s happening?” I yelled.

“Oh Margaret, it’s terrible! I can’t believe you saw it in Norway already. It just happened. Dad said he heard on one of the other channels that they think it may be a terrorist attack! We just don’t know anymore than that,” she cried.

Everyone knows the ending to this horrific story and as America went into a period of deep mourning I walked around in a fog and felt a million miles away from home.
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