Sarah was 19 years old on September 11, 2001. She was working at a daycare center at the time. She admits that she did not watch the news or keep up on world events during that period of her life, so she was confused about much of what was being reported in the days that followed 9/11. Below is how she remembers this day in her life.
She was listening to the radio on her way to work on the morning of 9/11/2001. There was breaking news reporting a plane crashing into one of the World Towers. She wasn’t sure what to think about this, but she arrived at her job and went inside to take care of her class. She remembers that a woman she worked with was glued to the radio and left Sarah to take care of all of the children. Sarah’s co-worker didn’t say much, but the kids could sense that something wasn’t right. Sarah went on with her day, playing with and teaching the young children, doing her best to ignore whatever was going on in the world outside. Parents began picking their children up early that day. When Sarah was able to go home, she turned on the TV, and that is when the severity of what happened began to dawn on her. She remembers specifically having a difficult time seeing people jumping from the building. She called her boyfriend to discuss the situation, and recalls that his predominant emotion was anger. Sarah remembers her feeling of concern at that time. Her thoughts were “is it over?” and “what will come next?”
The next day, while Sarah was working at the daycare center, she remembers feeling upset that the kids were building structures out of blocks and then knocking them down. This was an activity the kids played on a daily basis, but Sarah had to use control to keep herself from stopping them. She remembers a little boy who held a hammer in his hand and said “I’m gonna fix the building so people won’t be sad anymore.”
In the days following 9/11, Sarah remembers seeing “God bless America” signs all over her neighborhood and on her drive to work. After a while, the signs began to come down and life seemed to go back to normal. Sarah felt sad to see the signs, and with them the attitude of community and unity and God’s blessing, go away.
Sarah remembers receiving an email from a Muslim friend, expressing his aggravation that people were saying that Muslim’s were responsible for the 9/11 attacks. He expressed how important it was to him that people change their language, saying that terrorists did this terrible thing, not Muslims.
Sarah went on to become a teacher at a St Charles county school. She states that to her knowledge the events of 9/11 have not changed the way she teaches or the policies of the school district she worked in.
Many St Louis schools will observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in various ways. See KMOV.com for details.