Sunday, September 11, 2011

Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?

September 11, 2001

It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since that day when life changed.  I happened to be teaching school, 4th grade, at Algoma Christian School.  The Librarian was given the task of knocking on the door of each classroom and calling the teachers out one by one.  All I was told is that a plane had hit the World Trade Center and there was concern there was more to come.  No students would be allowed out of the building, many parents were on their way to take kids home and we were to carry on as normal.  A little while later I was pulled out again to be told that three more planes had crashed and all other planes were being grounded but, at that time, there were still several plans unaccounted for and there was great concern that they would be crashed as well.  I was never so thankful for the end of the day to come.  I drove home and met up with my husband - both of us dumbfounded - we did what many people were doing, we drove to the gas station, fearful that our life was about to change.  As we waiting in line to fill up our vehicles, a plane flew over - it was the oddest thing since we knew that all planes had been grounded - everyone at the gas station just stood and watched.  Who knows who it was flying up there!  We than went home and did what probably most of  the country was doing - we watched TV for the next endless number of hours.  We were afraid to turn the TV off even to go to bed because of the concern that something else would happen.  Those images are ingrained in my mind to this day!  It was several days later when we were watching the CMA's that Alan Jackson came out and sang this song "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning" - it was amazing.  It is still one of my all time favorite songs and, to me, is the perfect song as I remember where I was 10 years ago.

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