Sunday, September 4, 2011

10 Years Later

I sat frozen when news of the World Trade Center blared through my car’s speakers. I remember pulling over and holding my breath while the radio announcer talked on. I remember wearing a blue sweater, and I remember I spent my planning period at school picking tiny pieces of a cracked shell off a hard boiled egg. I remember thinking when I finish picking this shell off, I have no idea what to do next.

One week from today marks the tenth anniversary of September 11th. In past years, I've offered up a small prayer or tiny moment of silence. However, this year I want to be intentional with my remembering, and I thought if I gathered a few, good ideas, you might want to be a little more intentional too.

So, regardless of whether you spend your days with kids or with numbers, with computers or with customers, fixing cars or fixing arms, this list is for you:

-I Will, The 911 Tribute Movement. Click over and enter what your tribute will be. Then, upload a picture, video, or message on the tribute card. Be sure to click around the tribute quilt, and read about the ways in which others are acting.

-Lesson Plans and LinksFor all you teacher-ish types.

-Operation Honor Cards. Honor their service by offering your service. Ideas for a letter writing party.

-Read about the youngest victims of 911. Worth the longest line in the grocery store.

-Run. You know I'm not a runner, but I know many of you are. Is there a race near you?

-Walk. Physical activity more my speed. This one is only for those near Asheville, NC.

-Dicover organizations focused on bettering the lives of veterans.

-View art such as Faces of Ground Zero.

What about you? What details from this day stand out to you? How will you remember September 11th?

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Linking with Jen and friends.



Jen said...

I was teaching and my dad had just moved to DC days before it happened. I remember just trying to explain to the students what was happening.

I'm thankful that you posted these ideas, friend, because without them, I would have no idea what to do.

Alice Lynn Alfred said...

Hi Amy ~ Thank you so much for visiting my blog and becoming a follower....I am humbled and honored that you would do so!! I think, for me, I am one of those people who says "Valentine's Day is every day in my life." So, maybe 9/11 is every day in my life because, every day I see suffering, death, pain and sadness....people in need of love, hope and forgiveness. Hopefully this does not sound too cheesy....but after thinking about your question, this is the only way I could answer!! Many blessings ~ and thank you for this wonderful blog you've put together!! ~~~Alice

From Tracie said...

I remember seeing the second plane crash, and then I had to go to work. It was a bookstore, with no televisions reception, so we turned on a radio and sat huddled around it for hours until the owner called and told us to close and go home. I remember a lot of terrifying uncertainty and confusion and sadness.

lori said...

I was at work. I sat at my desk and thought of my two year old son. I wondered what this meant for his future. I felt numb and like the world would never be the same.

Thanks for the great links. I'll check them out :)

Amy Sullivan said...

DC was pretty close to all of the action. My sister was there at the time, and I remember worrying about her.

emily wierenga said...

oh amy... thank you, for remembering.... for your bigness of heart. xo

Amy Sullivan said...

My husband would agree with you on the Valentine's Day stance!

Making a note to see the hurt in every day...I hear what you are saying.

Amy Sullivan said...

I guess the "terrifying uncertainty" is what got me. I had always felt safe in the US.

Amy Sullivan said...

I didn't have kids at the time, but I'm glad you brought kids up. Look how much the world has changed since then.

I saved the newspaper the day after. I still have it all discolored and yellow.

Amy Sullivan said...

Have I told you I love the new profile pic?

Deidra said...

Thanks for the links. I watched a documentary about it last night and it was almost too much - I can only imagine how it was for those there. I was at home with my 2 year old son and 6 month old twin daughters. My husband worked on a military base and was placed on lock-down.

Mary @ A Simple Twist Of Faith said...

I was working in my garden, and had npr on my headphones. I came in the house, turned on the tv , and called my husband. He was at a customer's house watching as the second tower collapsed.
This year we will be at our church.


I love the practical teacher in you, Amy, that helps us with such great ideas.

I have been pondering this day as it approaches.


Natalie said...

I was about to go to work and was in the midst of the single-most difficult year of my life. I was in the process, at the age of 27, of divorcing my first husband and I had just unexpectedly buried my father. I was also awaiting new on whether or not I had cancer. Awesome, I know.

I was already enveloped by sadness and living an existence in which each step had to be intentional. When 9/11 occurred, I felt like I couldn't even think to walk. Though I was states away, I felt as if I was there. Though I didn't know any of the victims, I felt like they were close friends - their families, too. Though I couldn't understand WHY, I was beginning, at the time to understand to WHO we turn.

And now, ten years later, I KNOW with certainty WHO and praise Him for the beauty He brings from ashes EVERY TIME.

Lovely post - thank you for this, Amy!

Natalie at Mommy on Fire

Tiffini said...

I would love to walk and pray. Since moving over the weekend I have to find some new routes for my walks. What a wonderful idea and I would have never thought of it if I hadn't read your words tonight. I am going to mark it on my calendar tonight:)

Shelly said...

I remember sitting in unbelief in my living room floor for hours in front of the TV, crying, praying, hoping to wake up. This year, since it falls on a Sunday, we are having a retired military person as a guest speaker at our church, lots of flags, banners, video, testimonies...remembering and honoring and God continues to heal our land.

Joy Libby, Facilitator said...

I was just leaving the house to take my daughter to preschool and my husband called from Houston to tell me. We stayed home and I depended on him to call and tell me what was happening because I didn't want her to hear/see the TV. He was stuck in Houston for a few extra days and those were long days and nights while he was away. For the next few months my daughter and I played a "spot the american flag" game whenever we were in the car. Flags were going up on all the balconies and buildings in the city...

Thanks for bringing all of this up Amy!

Connie@raise your eyes said...

That sad, sad day...crying at all the images, praying constantly, teaching preschoolers while shielding them and grandchildren from the terror that shook our world.

Thank you for posting this Amy.

Nancy said...

I wrote a post last year in remembrance of 9/11 and plan to re-post it this year. I think it's so important that we share our stories and our memories of that day. Thanks for linking these resources.

Nancy said...

Oh, and when I re-post I'm definitely linking back to your post here.

Jensamom23 said...

Thanks for stopping by my place. We will spend the morning at church praying for so many things...peace for the families left behind and for the rest of us to always remember. There is also a blood drive being held in remembrance. Blessings.

Debbie said...

I had one in kindergarten, one in
1st grade, and 2 at home...My sister had called and told me to turn on the t.v. ... I recall falling to my knees in the den in horror and shock... and knowing I should turn the channel to "Sesame Street", but being unable to do so... praying...attempting to keep our day at home "normal"...trying to call the elementary and high schools, but getting a recording that my family was safe (but unreachable) and in "lock-down" mode... I just wanted them all HOME, in my arms, safe and sound, with me. Then came the amazing Patriotism of our blessed country- and the feeling of being proud to be a Christian and an American. Watching and hearing videos of that eventful, awful day will always bring back these memories- and the feeling of safety and security in knowing God has us all in the palm of His hands. God Bless America!!!

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