We were reading about the Boston Tea Party that morning. Just pushing through the background material with my second block of eighth graders, so that we’d be able to do something fun with it later in the week.
There were about 10 minutes left until my students left and I had my free period.
My dearest friend knocked on my door and asked me to come out into the hall.
It was her free period, but she usually never came to my room during that time because she knew that wasn’t my free period.
And she knew what my second block of students was like…actually, she’s not the type to ever suggest a teacher leave her students no matter what.
I went out into the hall and listened as she explained what we knew of the attacks so far.
It didn’t sound like something real.
I went back into my classroom in a daze and sat back down at the front of the room, knowing the world had become a very different place.
One of my students asked if I was okay and I gave a quick smile and asked where we had left off.
Another of my students, one who rarely ever talked, even when asked a question, called out “We love you, Ms. K!”
In the moment, I sat there thinking how innocent my students were and how even though they thought they were big, bad eighth graders who should be treated like they were adults, they were really still so young.
And they were going to grow up in a different world than I did.
It’s now been 12 years since that day.
And my own boys are growing up in a different world.
They don’t know a pre-9/11 world.
They’ll barely even remember a world before Newtown.
It’s easy to sink into despair and hopelessness, thinking that the world is just getting scarier and more horrible with each passing year.
But what I remember in that time right after 9/11 is the feeling of our nation coming together. Of strength and unity. Of focusing on what is truly important and letting go of the petty.
So today, I’ll take time to remember the tragedy of the past, but instead of focusing on it, I’ll focus on the hope I have for my children’s futures.
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