Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering..

It is one of those moments that you will never forget.  I was teaching at the time and was preparing lessons before my students arrived.  I had the television on as I worked and couldn't understand what was happening as I looked at the screen.  It was 9/11/2001.  In confusion, I watched as an airplane crashed into the twin towers.  And then the horror continued as I learned of the crash at the Pentagon and then as a plane crashed down in Shanksville, Pa.

My heart aches each year on this day for those who lost their lives that day and for their families. I'll never forget that day and my hope is that the families continue to heal as each day goes by and that they know they are still thought of and loved from afar.

During that time, I was pregnant with my first child and I remember thinking- "Oh my goodness, what am I doing bringing a child into this world?" I was afraid for my unborn child.  Afraid of war, afraid of terrorism, afraid that she would someday learn first hand of the evil in this world.  Luckily, our guidance counselor at the school where I worked, met with us (the teachers) to help us cope with what was happening.  It was a scary and sad time for all of us- even those not directly affected by the tragedy. 

Even with all of the pain, it was inspiring to see our country come together during this time. Also, to see so many people turn to a higher power for guidance and strength.  Our country will never be the same, but we won't be afraid.  We continue to live and thrive and bring children into this world.  Children for which we hope and pray have a better future. 

Jen

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