I doubt you’ve gone all day without thinking about the fact that today is the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. You certainly don’t need my two cents, but I wanted to briefly share my thoughts anyway; it doesn’t feel right to let the day pass without saying something.
My amazing friend Alice, a teacher, posted the following on Facebook today:
We spent the majority of the day talking and writing about 9/11, watching the videos, looking at pictures, crying together, hugging, and being joyous and thankful for our own families and lives. My students were barely alive 12 years ago, if at all. As time passes, my own coping with those horrific events gets easier; explaining and teaching about the devastation, fear and grief never has and I’m sure it never will, but with each passing year, it seems more and more important to teach those things so we truly never forget.
Honestly, the five years that I spent as a teacher, I dreaded having 9/11 fall on a school day. The questions the kids would ask…were hard. I found the balance of being honest and giving the day it’s full respect while not stepping on toes or getting the day too off track really difficult. I admire Alice’s approach, and I’m thankful that there are teachers like her guiding our youth.
The other thing I wanted to do was direct you to this link, which has a list of the names of those who lost their lives on 9/11. Not listed but also deserving of our respect and prayers are the first responders, our military (who have been greatly impacted by the days events), and their families.