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In memory

A decade plus 12 hours ago I was sitting in health class, freshman year of high school. Lauren came in late and said something about hearing on the radio that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. My friend Ryan dismissed it, as did the rest of the class. We went on with our lesson.

At the end of that first period class as we exited the room, everyone was gathered to the common area for an announcement. I don't remember the exact words, but I remember stunned faces, gasps, and several people crying. Given our closeness to Chicago, I had many classmates who were worried about the city being another target and their families who worked there. I remember the radio on all day in the common area, and the TVs set up in the library. I remember the solemness and uneasy quiet.

September 11th is not something I like to dwell on. I didn't quite obsess over it in the early days, but it was so large on my radar and I did follow news avidly. It drained me. I stopped watching news shows that year and I've had a strong dislike for newscasts ever since. I don't want to forget, but it doesn't tend to be something I bring under the microscope at random.

Still, the event is very important and it significantly changed the world I live in. As I've posted recently, I had a student expression interest and I do hope to cover the topic a bit tomorrow in class. I'm a bit nervous about it, but I think it'll be ok. Thankfully insertcode11 provided some nice poetry (not sure I can use it all) and mentioned John Updike's essay - which I've now found online with some other essays shortly after the attacks. Worth a read.

I hope you all are doing well. I wish you happiness and health. Take care.