One blogger surprised her followers after admitting that she had not realized how many people had died in the September 11 attacks until a year after the fact.
Katie Bower, a mother of five based in Atlanta, Georgia, shared a message with her 52,000 Instagram followers on Thursday, in which she talked about the attacks and how they have impacted her.
The blogger, now 35, said she "had no idea what the deal was with September 11 when it happened" and that she did not realize at the time that there were people inside the Twin Towers when each one was reached by an airplane.
Surprised: Blogger Katie Bower, 35, has surprised her followers after admitting that she had not realized how many people had died in the September 11 attacks until a year after the fact.
Publication: In his Instagram post, Bower said he did not know when the Sept. 11 attacks occurred that there were people in the Twin Towers when they were attacked by airplanes.
Message: Instagram users left comments below the Bower post expressing how bewildered they were by their admission
Timeline: One person pointed out that Bower was a college student when the September 11 attacks developed. She was around 18 at that time
Bower, began his publication by saying he was editing photos for a post about a trip he made with his family to a rodeo when he came across the image of his son Will.
"I was editing photos yesterday for today's publication about our trip to the rodeo and I saw that picture of Will and I simply LOST it, like an ugly cry," he wrote.
"I told all of you that I literally had no idea what the deal was with 9-11 when it happened (I was a stupid hollow head at the time that did not realize that people were really in the buildings) and I did not do it. " It hit me until a year later so many people died.
Bower explained that the memory of the attacks becomes "more emotional" for her each year, as was the case with her on Tuesday.
"He felt full of moving moments of pain and remorse and, honestly, some embarrassment, because who is so stupid?" she added.
& # 39; And now to be more aware of that situation, to understand … for people who lost someone. And I could not imagine … I could not process … I could not handle the day. "
About 3,000 people were killed in the attacks in New York City, in the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where a plane hijacked in California crashed.
Explaining: Bower said in another comment that she did not know what type of buildings & # 39; They were the Twin Towers
Lifestyle: the blogger said she had no TV at that time and lived in a 'bubble'
Opening: Bower (pictured with her husband Jeremy and her five children) said that her past ignorance was embarrassing & # 39;
The Bower post left many Instagram users bewildered, and some expressed their surprise in the comments section.
The blogger was in college at the time of the attacks, and was probably around 18 years old.
"Were you in college and you did not notice there were people inside large buildings? And are you admitting it out loud? Yes," wrote one person in a comment.
Someone else told the blogger: "It's better not to say some things."
"Maybe I'll save that story for you next time," suggested another Instagram user.
Bower, who described his own past ignorance as embarrassing, said in a comment of his own that he did not know what kind of buildings [the Twin Towers] They were or even where they were! & # 39;
"Honestly, I thought they were like AmericasMart here in Atlanta," he added, referring to the huge wholesale trade center located in his home state.
& # 39; I thought it was similar since I did not have any information. I had been to AmericasMart a couple of times and mostly there were only furniture, clothes and trash for sale, and sometimes it opened at 10 a.m. M.
"I know it sounds weird, but I did not have a point of reference and this was before I could googling." Nobody had cell phones and even the Internet was different. I had telephone access. Nobody talked to me about it and I did not even know what to ask. It is very embarrassing.
Answer: An Instagram user suggested to Bower to refrain from sharing the story again
Suggestion: another person told the blogger that he could just recognize the day and those who lost loved ones & # 39; in the future
The blogger also explained that she "did not watch the news" at that time and spent most of her time attending classes, working and practicing two sports at the university.
"I did not have television and I did not have a newspaper in college," he wrote. "It was a strange time in my life where all I did was study, practice, sleep, work, exercise and go walking with children, it was life in a bubble."
He explained in another comment: "There was one in our hall in our bedroom, but I was busy.
"I was in college taking tons of credit hours in a semester and working in a biology lab and playing two sports.
"I did not talk to people about it and nobody talked to me about it, I did not go anywhere, but to class or work or practice, I was literally in a bubble.
"I remember mourning people on airplanes, but the idea of terrorism and the magnitude of the numbers, all that, was so foreign to me and nobody explained it to me until a year later, when I was at home and saw a program respect.
– Then I lost it. Suddenly, it was a reality and reality seemed like a horror show. Imagine seeing it all a year later: the collisions, the pentagon, the Pennsylvania countryside, the people, the signs of the missing loved ones, the fireman, the flags, the babies that were born that lost a father … everything .. . In an hour. He was literally shaking and crying on the floor.
Puzzled: An Instagram user told Bower that some of the people who sympathized with her might not have realized that she was not a girl when the attacks occurred.
Support: Some Instagram users sided with the blogger, telling him it was a "good thing" that could not process the severity of the attacks
"It was life in a bubble": Bower said he did not know exactly what the Twin Towers were (in the photo on the day of the attacks) or where they were located.
Some Instagram users sided with the blogger, including a person who said, "There's nothing wrong with being so naive that you can not understand the seriousness of something so completely horrible.
"Your brain will only understand what is in its realm of possibility." That obviously was not for you. There is a beauty in that. Hugs. I hate that it has changed for you and for many others.
"It was GOOD that you could not understand what was happening," wrote another person. "I was so far away from evil that your mind could not digest it, maybe if we had more of that in the world, then such terrible things would not happen."
Some, however, were surprised by Bower's admission.
"Katie, I think a lot of people who sympathize with you do not understand September 11, do you think you were a child at that time? Were you in your 20s? Let this" truth "go, it's embarrassing for you not to" know "" , wrote one person.
Someone else commented: "He has talked about his reaction to September 11th several times over the years, every time you mention your reaction, it is something harmful for those who were affected.
"Maybe next year, just recognize the day and those who lost their loved ones and leave the part you focus on."