Only In The 3rd Grade

Date Submitted: 06/30/2010
Author Info: - (Tampa - USA) 
Occupation: Student
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I live in Tampa, FL. I was sitting in my 3rd grade class, Mrs. Rothenbush was my teacher I believe .. It was just another day at school when a student in my class was signed out. Nothing new. Only a couple minutes later, two more students were called to the office to be signed out. Strange .. But whatever. Then more and more kids were being signed out one after another and then I definately knew something was up. At the end of the school day, myself and probably three other students were left in class. I thought it was just a strange day but me, being very young and clueless, didn’t think much more into it. I went the rest of the day without anyone saying a word to me about what had happend but I wasn’t very curious anyway. Then I got home, still not knowing a thing about what happend, just carrying on as if it were just another normal day. Then I got a call from my best friend and I can still remember what she said. “Did you hear about those airplanes hitting those buildings?! My nanny (her grandmother) works in one of the buildings! But she called in sick to work today, thank god!” I was confused but for some reason I still didn’t think much of it. I didn’t make the connection of the planes hitting the buildings to all of the kids at my school getting signed out. But then my older brother and both of my parents got home from school and work and they turned the news on that’s when I finally saw what happend and how important it truely was. Now I’m not sure if I was just very uneducated back then, or if typical third graders wouldn’t know what the World Trade Centers were, but I didn’t know. I probably heard of them before but didn’t care. I was young, what can I say? I didn’t realize the impact this event had on so many people until quite a few years later when I looked back at pictures and videos of 9-11. I just got finished watching the movie Flight 93 and it brought up many emotions. My prayers go out to those who were impacted by this tragic event because I know now the importance of what happend.


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