I remember going to work on that morning, not expecting anything out of the ordinary. I lived in Fort Worth, Texas at that time, and I taught music at a private Christian school. I was also the attendance secretary, and so I was in the office doing the normal attendance that morning.
I will never forget when our administrator came over the P/A system and made the announcement. I didn't understand what happened first. It sounded like a plane had crashed or maybe even a bomb had gone off. He didn't have all the information--none of us did.
I remember trying to get online, and quite literally, I could not. Evidently the entire world was online. I could not connect.
As time went on, we began to understand what happened. I remember going to teach my first graders this morning and they were so scared that a plane was going to come and crash into the school building.
Our administration decided under the circumstances to close the school down early. All parents were contacted. I had to contact my then husband to come and pick me up since we were a one-car family. He said he hadn't heard until our next door neighbor came into the house and switched the TV to news.
When I finally got online (right before I left the school), I was absolutely horrified at the scenes I pulled up. I truly felt as though I was in shock.
When I got home, I was glued to the TV set. What made everything so hard in the days to come was my then husband's response to the situation. He seemed to think that the Arabs who had done this act hadn't done something so dreadful. He didn't see it as terrorism. He thought people were really making too bid a deal of it. That made it very hard for me.
I shall never forget that day, and I pray none of us will!
Ruth H. of My Devotional Thoughts
Never Forget. Where were You on 9.11.2001 and what were you doing? What were you thinking? How has 9.11.2001 impacted your life?