10 years ago…
I really couldn’t tell you much about my life in sixth grade…
I was in a completely new school having just started middle school and I was an awkward little boy who had a crush on one of the girls in my homeroom.
I remember a few random snapshots, like the day I realized I really did need to wear deodorant every day. Or speaking in front of the school board in hopes of protecting the job of my band director.
The most vivid snapshot of 2001 for me though, is Mr. Thomas’ social studies class, on September 11, 2001. I remember him wandering out into the hall while we were working on an assignment, as he usually did, going to talk to another teacher or whatnot. And I remember him coming back in, and very calmly reaching for the tv and turning it on…
They were showing a video of a plane crashing into the first tower. I, like millions of other slightly confused and altruistic Americans thought to myself “that’s a pretty big plane… that’s a pretty big building… you’d think it would be easier for the pilot to avoid hitting a building…”
Little did I know, that there was so much more going on in our country on our day.
The rest of the day was a blur, I remember kids getting picked up early, and an almost pathological fear of sirens that the entire student body developed over the course of just a few minutes. Every firetruck was seemingly heading to a terrorist attack on the other side of town.
Today’s college freshmen were barely old enough to be cognizant of what happened that day, but I’m sure they, like the rest of us have an image or two burned in their minds.
“A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil — the very worst of human nature — and we responded with the best of America. With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.” -President George W. Bush