9/11 through the eyes of a third grader from Minnesota

by Storykeeper of Fae
originally published at 05:12PM on Wednesday, September 05, 2007

It was a normal morning. Everything had been going as it always had. The third-grade girl was waiting anxiously for the orange-vested crossing guards to appear before she could begin the trek to school. Then, she heard someone, a resident of her apartment, say “A plane crashed into a building.”
“Really?” The girl heard her mother say.
“Yeah. New York City. The World Trade Centers.”
It didn’t register then. The girl knew that New York was very far away, and it didn’t seem like anything was wrong.
Then she got to school. The students were abuzz with the news, and in music class, the girl finally committed the words to the national anthem to memory.
That night her father called. He usually called on Wednesday, but everything else had been shaken up.
“This was big,” he said to her, “This is the type of thing that makes history. History was made today. No one will ever forget this.”

And she never did.

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Comments

  • from BARomero:

    Everything really changed that day, didn’t it? As a student, would you say that Columbine affected you more, or 9/11?

  • from ItsNotEasy_BeingGreen:

    everything did change…

  • from Storykeeper of Fae:

    I didn’t understand columbine when it happened. In fact, I didn’t even know what it was until there was a shooting in my state. They contrasted it to columbine. For a while I was scared…but school is a place I feel safe. Always have.

    9/11, however changed a lot of things. I noticed my teachers more zealously saying the pledge. I became more aware of political discussions. My cousin was in the army at the time, and people talking about a war all the time…it was scary.

  • from Alexa ♥:

    Tears beginning.