I have been doing some remembering because of the tributes recently to those that left us and those that lost loved ones on that unforgettable day, September 11, 2001.
I remember students walking into my room saying "turn on the T.V.! Something is going on in New York and it's really bad." Of course I thought they were pulling my leg but when they continued with a very serious tone I listened and turned on the television. Shortly after class started, our principal made an announcement about what was taking place. He encouraged us to watch the reports on the T.V. and we watched and listened.
For me it was the fear of the unknown that brought dispair. I have a brother-in-law that works at the Pentagon. I also have a sister-in-law that is a flight attendant who flies out of Dulles Airport in Virginia. Not until much later did I find out that they were both not involved and my direct family was fine.
I know that most of us could not stop watching the news and all that developed that day. As time went on, it was my family and consumer science background that really helped me support the students and their reactions to the events that went on in our world.