September 11, 2001. I remember.
A beautiful Tuesday morning
I drove to work
where I taught elementary school
My young son was with me.
Only an hour and and a half into the school day
everything changed. I remember.
A third grade teacher ran to the door of my room
and said, “Quick turn on your TV”
I instead walked to the office and there I saw the first
tower in flames.
I was watching when the second tower was hit.
My heart stopped. I remember.
The rest of the day, I was numb.
My students didn’t fully understand
We just kept going.
Trying to be normal
Through the tears.
At the time this happened I, myself, had been widowed for 10 months. I was already dealing with death in my own life when this horrible thing happened. I remember thinking in the school office, as I watched the tragedy unfold…this can’t be real. It can’t be happening. Is the world coming to an end? I tried to keep my emotions under control so I didn’t scare my students…but, they knew something was wrong. Terribly wrong. One of my 2nd grade students prayed in the classroom. And I didn’t stop her….because we all knew…. That God heard our pain that fateful day in early September.
Though I didn’t know the people who lost their lives, personally…I will not forget them. The people at work in the towers, the people on the flights, the police and firemen……and those they left behind.
- Remembering 9/11 (medicineandtechnology.com)
- 9/11 Videos: Summary of LIVE News Coverage from September 11 (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Remembering 9/11 in 2010 (nevillehobson.com)
Beautiful words! I remember that day too. It was an amazing time in history where we saw the worst of people and then the best. God has been faithful to us!
I’m so touched by this post. I can’t even imagine how you felt that day, so soon after tragedy in your own life. I had some tears while I was reading. God bless you and your family, and all the families who were changed forever on that day.