“Now fades the last long streak of snow,
Now burgeons every maze of quick
About the flowering sqares, and thick
By ashen roots the violets blow.”
~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Alan Jackson sang, “Where were you when the world stopped turning, on that September day…” We all remember, we watched in horror, we cried and we persevered. Ten years has gone by since that horrific day. I met my husband, graduated high school, graduated college, married and had a baby. So much has occurred in the past ten years, yet it seems it was just the other day the news was constantly covering Ground Zero and updating the American people about the attacks. This morning I watched the coverage over the 10th Anniversary. I listened to people who survived remember the ones that did not and now I have a different perspective. Being a mother now, I can only imagine what those mothers and fathers went through in losing a child. It has to be the worst thing one can experience. How do people move on from such a loss?
When reading Night last year, my students were shocked by what the author, Elie Wiesel experienced. A few asked why are you making us read this? So we never forget what hatred can do to a society, to the world, so we can prevent such acts. They realized the strength it took for him to write, to relive what he went through. I fine myself learning from this lesson today. I don’t want to think about 9/11, it makes me think what potential dangers could happen to my daughter. I’m terrified. But I have to remember, I have to teach her what hatred can do so she can survive.
Peace on Earth.