What were you doing that day?
I was in front of my classroom. We didn't believe it, it sounded like fiction. We didn't have cable TV. We didn't really know what was going on. Teachers began heading to the hallways with their cellphones calling people who had access to CNN. It was true. We were told not to say anything to our students. I hugged each one of my fourth graders as they left the building that day... They had an early release day scheduled. By the time they got on the bus we knew something awful had happened, we didn't know if it was over. We didn't know what was next. It was the last day before a 6 week fall break (It was a year round school system.). The administration MADE us stay for the rest of the day for training. Can you imagine that any of us learned anything? None of us had still seen the news. A friend had borrowed my car, so I was relying on her for transportation. Her husband came and to me when they finally released us and took me to his house. I remember seeing it on the news in his kitchen. I remember the air being sucked out of me.
Do you remember that day?
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families that were and are still affected by the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 and to all of the military families and civilian families that have been affected as a result of the tragedy.