Sunday, September 11, 2011

"Reflections...A Repost..."

I,
like so many others,
remember exactly everything
about that fateful September morning in 2001
when
all of our "knowns" became "unknowns".

September 11th, 2001
started as routinely as any regular school day.
My lesson plan for social studies that day was to
introduce the concepts of
"Fact...Opinion...and Rumor..."
as part of understanding current events.
That is the absolute, unbelieveable, undeniable TRUTH!!!
I still get chills every time I think about it.

Needless to say,
during those seconds, and minutes, and hours
of that teaching day
and
throughout the infinite lessons and journal entries
and broken hearts, and tears, and the thousands of questions
of those days that followed ...
it
undeniably was one of the most powerfully moving and
spiritually inspiring
moments of my entire teaching career.

I remember that day as if it were yesterday...
it is crystal clear in my heart.
My personal memories of it are wrenching and raw
yet paradoxically serene and filled with hope.
Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is very special.
I was a privilege that day to be a teacher.

I dedicate this post to the memory of those souls lost that day...
and
to the junior high students who were in my classes then...
and
to Matt, my team teaching partner,
who "held my hand" throughout it all.
I wish you peace...

Remember...Every day REALLY does matter.

8 comments:

Laure Ferlita said...

Beautiful post and I especially love the closing line because every day really does matter.

Anonymous said...

AWESOME! jgl:)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Yes, it is a sad, tragic event. Your students were blessed to have you as a teacher to help guide them through the aftermath.

Lynn said...

Your journal artbook is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your memories of the event day 9/11 and how teaching was a good place to be for you and obviously because of you for your students.

raena said...

Awesome reflection and the page is beautiful!

Clare said...

Thank you for sharing your reflections, beautiful words.

Barbara Weeks said...

Beautiful!

soulbrush said...

This post brings it all back for me too. We were working and teaching in Kuwait when my son rang from the UK, urging us to switch on our tv, and we were horrified! It was and will always be the worst thing this world has ever witnessed!