Thank goodness, everyone I personally know who works in Manhattan is alive
and well. I almost cried when I heard my husband's voice, as he often is at
a building next to the WTC. Here on Long Island, we all know someone who
works in the city, and were so worried all day, trying to hold normal
classes. We have no TV in our teacher center or lounge, we were listening to
the radio during preps. By lunchtime parents were coming in droves to take
their kids home, and I don't believe the students knew what was going on.
Announcements for students to report to the main office with their belongings
was almost continuous. At the end of the school day, the principal made an
announcement that was vague and clear at the same time, advising the students
that it was possible that their parents wouldn't be able to get home from
work on time to meet them. Dismissal was as normal as possible, with a clear
announcement to students to go directly home, and if no one was home to meet
them, to come back to school, which will remain open for all kids until they
are picked up.
This event has everyone so shaken, I am at a loss for words. Anxious and
helpless and sad down to your bones... THanks to all for your prayers. My
husband watched from the roof of his building in nearby Long Island City, and
had his camera with him. Its hard to believe that the skyline is forever
altered with that gaping hole. I can't tell you how many times I've been to
the top. Sorry, I'm rambling, the hole in my heart for the victims and
children whose parents won't be coming home tonite is great... As I type, I'm
hearing reports of how people celebrated this tragedy saying "God is great"
and passing out cakes. Mind-boggling. Surreal. I feel as if I'll never be