Sep 11, 2010

Remembering 9/11

Today is September 11, and I'm sad. I hope that the families who lost their loved ones are feeling at peace today. I hope all the soldiers who have gone (and are in) Iraq and Afghanistan have succeeded in making it a safer world for us all to live in. I remember kind of growing up that day, as it was the first time in my life something really, really bad happened. One of those times where I can remember specifically thinking to myself..."there are terrible people out there."

It's been 9 years! I can't believe that. I remember exactly what I was doing: I was a sophomore in high school. I was in Mrs. Kohler's English class taking an exam. The principal came on to the loud speaker and said. "We've had a national disaster. Teachers are free to turn on the television in their classrooms." Mrs. Kohler didn't do it and made us keep taking our tests. The next period I went to the journalism classroom (where I was on yearbook staff) and watched in awe. The next day Mrs. Kohler felt terrible and cried in front of us. I felt bad for her.

Anyway, I know it's know laughing  matter, but I found these sculptures of that day:


It's a sculpture, art. It is on the verge of poor taste, but I think encapsulates some of those moments. Sadness, exhaustion, and total "oh my god what is happening" shock.  In a way that isn't soul-crushingly depressing. The real images are burned in everyone's minds anyway.

Thankfully we're all safe today. We were lucky. God bless America.

And God Bless College Football....which I'll be spending the rest of my day watching. Seems like the American thing to do. I even will drink only American beer.

2 comments:

  1. good post...i believe i was also a soph in hs in english class when it happened. what a coincidence...

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  2. I can't believe it's been that long, either!!! I remember where I was, too - senior in high school in physics class! I talk about it with my students each year and a lot of them can't really remember it very well and they're so young so it doesn't have as much as an impact on them as it did me. It's weird! Anyway, thank you for this post...

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