That changed after September 11, 2001
I was a senior in High School and I was doing my hair in the upstairs bathroom when my younger brother ran up and told me to come down immediately. He said that someone had just bombed the Pentagon (we still didn't have any idea what had really happened). I thought he was joking and told him to leave me alone. Yet when he persisted I finally went downstairs and saw that the TV news was saying the same thing. The two of us couldn't take our eyes off the TV. While we were watching we heard the news that the second plane had flown into the World Trade Center and we watched the horror unfold before our eyes. My parents were already at work and I remember feeling so hopeless. I didn't know what to do, but somehow we got in the car and drove to school.
My first class of the day was US Government and I remember what a somber feel there was in the room when I walked in. The TV was on and everyone's eyes were glued to it. No one really spoke we just watched, and watched, and watched. We knew that something life changing was happening but we didn't quite understand it. It is remarkable but somehow that moment in my US Government class was caught on film. On Facebook a school mate recently shared a news broadcast from my home town where they ran a re-run of the news broadcast from September 11th, 2001. The news clip features my US Government class (I am sitting close to one of the cameras, but I don't even remember them being there!) and it was really an incredible moment for me to go back and watch it. That moment and that class are so engraved upon my memory. When I think of where I was on September 11th, besides doing my hair and watching the news with my brother, that is the only place I remember being.
It is crazy to me to think that 10 years has already passed.
So much has changed.
Yet I loved what President Thomas S. Monson said in his essay in the Washington Post about September 11th. He said,
If there is a spiritual lesson to be learned from our experience of that fateful day, it may be that we owe to God the same faithfulness that He gives to us. We should strive for steadiness, and for a commitment to God that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives. It should not require tragedy for us to remember Him, and we should not be compelled to humility before giving Him our faith and trust. We too should be with Him in every season.I think that is a lesson we are still trying to learn.
Where were you and what were you doing when you heard the news on September 11th, 2001?