I don't think the world will ever forget this unprecedented act of cowardice - the terrorist attack on America at the World Trade Centre Towers in New York City and The Pentagon in Washington. Twelve years later, I remember things so clearly.... September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday, the second day of the new school year.. At 4:00 pm (9:00 am New York Time) I was in class with my Pre-Intermediate kids (11 year-olds). The class finished at 4:30 pm. My Intermediate kids had already been waiting in the hall. They looked pale and scared. I thought it was the back-to-school-shock- after- the- summer break. I smiled at them and said:
"Hey!!! It's not the end of the world...just another school year! And summer will come again!".
Then one of my students solemnly said:
" Miss, it's the end of the world for some people.... You know, I saw it on TV ... the Twin Towers in New York fell down and many people were killed!"
That student - one of the best I've ever had - is a bright boy with a vivid imagination. I smiled again and said:
" So, aliens from outer space attacked the USA.....Right?"
"No, Miss", another kid said " Not aliens...terrorists! It's on TV"
And as I rushed into my office, a girl asked:
"What's a terrorist?"
"A terrorist", I answered, "is a very bad person who wants to scare innocent people and sometimes kill them."
I turned on the TV in my office ..... I couldn't believe that was real! I cried my heart out and still have tears in my eyes 12 years later.. I don't have the words to express the horror, the shock and the revulsion I felt while watching briefly on CNN what was happening in the USA.
Let us not forget and let us pray for all the innocent victims. May they all rest in peace.
Ironically enough, September 11 is also a birthday celebration: my great friend Walid's birthday but also the birthday of this blog. On September 11, 2004 I joined TypePad - the best blogging plarform ever - and have never regretted it since then : 953 posts and 6,553 comments in addition to your visits. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.
This post has been slightly adapted from my post published on September 11, 2011