Thank you, Judy, for your words.
I want to share how I found out. First, I should mention
that I teach high school in a US Army base.
Last Sunday, I had taped a segment on CBS Sunday, about
Thibault and his show in New York. Since one of my
tables is named after him, I showed it to my classes
yesterday and was going to show it to my painting class.
Since I needed to rewind the tape and did not want to
interrupt the kids, I set the TV on mute while the VCR
rewinded. I changed the channel to CNN Headline news.
One of the girls looked up (I wasn't Looking) and
asked "What's happening in Washington?" I looked up and
answered that it was probably some fire in Washington
state. But I turned on the volume and found out about
the attacks. I ran to my neighbor's room and he was
already watching. Another teacher had gotten a call from
Now, you need to understand, this is an army
installation. Right after that one class was the first
lunch. Most kids already knew and were fishing out
illegal-in school-cellphones to call their parents.
Many came to take the kids home. After lunch, I allowed
the class to watch some news but turned it off and got
them to work. It was hard for me to tell them that
everything was going to be okay. I told them that these
were acts done by people who have no respect for human
life and who are willing to give up their own for a
cause. That is was better to get to work to keep busy
until the office told us what to do. Luckily, it was a
Fundamentals class and they were to work on
positive/negative shapes (sort of begining tessellation)
and it kept them and me busy until we were told to go
home, at the usual time. The buses were escorted by
state police and we have no school until Friday or until
We have a student whose mother works at the Pentagon,
one whose aunt teaches at a school close to the World
Trade Center; one of my colleagues has three nephews who
owned a store in one of the Towers, and so on.
We'll have a lot to deal with when we go back.
And that's how this infamous day went for me.