‘On my birthday, there are always moments of silence’ — Kids born on 9/11 reflect on their 18th birthday
JACKSONVILLE — They came into the world on 9/11.
On the same day four hijacked planes plunged into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, thousands of women across America went into labor.
On the same day that nearly 3,000 people died in attacks, 13,238 babies were born, including dozens in North Florida — and two at Baptist Medical Center who became friends, bonded by their church and birthday.
America’s 9/11 babies, including Lizzie Robinson and Victoria Ross, turn 18 Wednesday.
They don’t remember 9/11. Yet they are reminded of it constantly. Every time they are asked to give their birthdate at a doctor’s office or somewhere else, it leads to a reaction of almost disbelief: “You were born on Sept. 11?”
“When people hear that, they imagine that you can’t be born on a day that bad,” Lizzie Robinson said. “But even on such terrible days, even though it seems like everything stops, the world keeps going.”
The mothers know this as well as anyone.
Nancy Robinson remembers driving across the Mathews Bridge that morning to a prenatal appointment downtown. She turned on NPR and heard reports of a plane hitting one of the Twin Towers.
After the appointment, she picked up her two girls, then 10 and 7, at J. Allen Axson Montessori School and returned home. They didn’t have cable TV. So they went next door and, as the kids played, the adults watched the news in shock.
At some point that afternoon, Robinson, a nurse midwife by training who teaches at Jacksonville University, said: “I think I’m in labor.”
Her husband, Paul, got everyone into the car and they drove back downtown to Baptist.
At 10:55 p.m., Elizabeth Robinson was born.
Born on September 11.
“I really didn’t want her to have that birthday,” Nancy Robinson said. “I said, ‘We’ll just wait until midnight.’ There was …read more
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