I was in Junior High. I remember walking through the hallway to my classes, when something felt wrong. A strange quiet was coming over the school. I glanced in one of the classrooms and saw the TV was on, turned to the news channel. I kept walking. I saw it in on the same channel in the next classroom….and the next….and then in my classroom as I arrived. Everything, everyone seemed to freeze as each individual slowly began to comprehend what was happening…
That day, classes stopped. Oh we followed the bells, went to our assigned rooms, ate lunch, but in every room, no teacher taught that day, save for a few that wanted to keep our young minds off the tragic events. But every class we watched the news. Over and over we saw the towers struck, the first one fall, then the second. I remember going home and turning that same news channel on as the story developed, as we all learned that this was not an accident, but an act of terror…
I didn’t realize how much America would change after that.
I lived in Indiana at the time. I had never been to New York nor did I know anyone there. So my only connection to 9/11 was that day, when the world just seemed to stop functioning. It’s hard for me to understand the grief and the tragedy that millions experienced.
So I will admit that I didn’t even realize what today was when I woke up this morning. Didn’t even remember until my newsfeed on Facebook reminded me. Sadly, it’s becoming like just another day. I’ve never yet experienced grief or loss that happens suddenly, and to someone close to me that was young and healthy. I don’t know how to empathize.
Thus, I must apologize to those who have been so much more directly affected by this even than I have. I know today is a somber day for you. I hope you have found healing in the 12 years that have passed. I wish I could offer genuine condolences, but I can’t pretend that I understand what you have been through. All I can do is pray that you have found peace.
Please consider our country today and how it is different 12 years later. Please seriously think about the direction of it and where our leaders are taking it. And above all Pray. Pray for our country and pray for those who are hurting.
Today I remember 9/11.