Reflections of an Innocent World Forever Changed
Amid all of the news coverage and articles written over the death of Osama bin Laden, I came across this very interesting piece by Tim Padgett in TIME magazine: “The Uninterrupted Reading: The Kids with George W. Bush on 9/11.” Most, if not all of us, have seen the image of President Bush reading to a group of school children in a Sarasota, Florida classroom when his Chief of Staff, Andrew Card, interrupted him to inform him of the attacks on the World Trade Center that morning. Yet, rather than sprinting out of the room, President Bush remained calm, finished the story, and then left the school. And the kids who were in that classroom are reflecting on that fateful day.
Now teenagers planning their lives post-high school, they described to TIME the impact of 9/11 on their lives despite how young they were at the time. Lazaro Dubrocq, 17, said that he likely would not have enrolled in a challenging international baccalaureate program had it not been for the brief time he spent with President Bush at the tender age of seven on 9/11. “Because of that,” he said, “I came to realize as I grew up that the world is a much bigger place and that there are differing opinions about us out there, not all of them good.”
Sixteen-year-old Mariah Williams recalled seeing President Bush’s reaction and how visibly angry he became. Yet, “I’m just glad he didn’t get up and leave, because then I would have been more scared and confused.”
A very well-written article by Padgett, it serves as a solemn reminder of how normal our lives seemed at the time before they were forever changed in an instant that no one will ever forget. I recall the 3-hour chemistry lab I was in that morning during my sophomore year of college – completely clueless as to what was happening outside of the classroom. Only upon arriving at the cafeteria for lunch after class did I notice the images on the television screens…
How about you? Where were you when you heard about the horrific news on 9.11.01?