Pieces of Me

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Remembering September 11th

In my car today, I was listening to the radio (102.3 The River). They have been playing clips of President Bush's address to the nation after September 11, 2001. It keeps bringing back so many memories for me. September 11, 2001 was so long ago in my life of events. I had JUST started my teaching career. I had 14 5th graders in my class to teach about respect, love, friendships, and forgiveness, along with the curriculum for a 5th Grader. I take pride in the fact that I loved (and still love) each of my students. I made connections with them and am so thankful for each of them. And on that day, September 11th, I really think my world turned upsidedown when I had to teach these children that America had done nothing wrong; the men who did this to our country did not know our Lord, and to be completely honest with them, they thought they were being martyrs to their religion. Unfortunately, there's lots of evil in the world and this was something that I wish children hadn't had to see and be a part of.

I remember standing in a circle, holding hands with my students and praying. One of them actually prayed that the Lord forgive the men who had done this terrible act. I, myself, was reminded of what a loving God we have, and how much influence He had already had on my 10 year old class. Out of the mouth of babes.

I this year, I kept thinking, "why aren't more flags at half staff?? why do I have to bring my children up in a world of such evil? why do our men and women have to risk their lives and be away from their families to protect us?" And the question I really kept asking myself was "and how to I help others remember today. 9/11 is supposed to be Patriot Day. . . but are we really supposed to say, "Happy" Patriot's Day??? I'd rather say, "Thank God, I'm an American."