This year was interesting when my sixth grade students started voicing their thoughts and experiences which at first I thought was peculiar, but then realized that 9/11 is the Pearl Harbor of their generation and even though these kids were only 5 years old at the time, it was traumatic for their parents. One boy was able to tell me what kind of planes the cowards hijacked, why they chose that particular model and those specific flights, and other stats that amazed me. One little girl had just returned from a NYC visit to her grandparents, and her uncle was killed in the first tower. The stories would have gone on save for the fact that I needed to teach them some content as well!
We will all continue to be affected, possibly more so as time goes on. For me at least, there is new realization and understanding at every passing anniversary, and I wonder that the horror of it is still sinking in. That seems strange too, but somehow fitting.
We Will Never Forget