On this day of remembrance, I thought I would share a post I made five years ago on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. My feelings are still the same. I’ve tried to avoid watching coverage today, but in today’s age of social media, it’s impossible. I saw something earlier, and my first reaction to what I saw was the same as it was fifteen years ago: I thought of my son. I picked up my phone and sent him a text: “Just wanted to say I love you.” He replied: “Love you too.” Tell your family you love them; tell your friends you care. Think of the almost 3,000 people whose families won’t hear those words from their loved ones again. With everything that is going on in our country and our world, we need to be united, not divided. I don’t normally say anything about current affairs, but I will say this much today. It does not matter to me what your religious beliefs are (or aren’t); I don’t care what your political views are; I don’t care about the color of your skin. I will treat you with the same respect and dignity that every human being deserves, until you give me a reason not to. I taught my son to follow these same simple rules. Remember the Golden Rule: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” I’ll get off my soapbox now.
With love and respect to all,
As the first tower fell 10 years ago, I was in my third week of teaching. 15 minutes earlier, one of my students came up to me in the hallway. “Ms. Burns,” he said, “I think something bad has happened. I heard on the radio as my mom drove to school that a plane has crashed into a building in New York.”
I remember feeling shocked, but doing my best not to show it. I asked him not to say anything to anyone else, because I didn’t want to scare the other students, and I wasn’t for sure if it was true.
Sitting down at my computer, I quickly fired off an email to the front office to let them know what my student had told me. I am sure that they were aware of it before I sent the email. I taught two classes, wondering what was going on…
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