Before I begin sharing my new documents, I want to acknowledge the significance of today. It's hard to believe that it has been ten years since the attacks, and my heart certainly goes out to everyone impacted that day. I was a high school senior, and I was sitting in AP English when one of my track coaches opened the door and said to turn on the television. We heard that the tower was hit by a plane, and I remember questioning whether it was an accident. Within minutes, the second was hit, and I was ushered off to my Government class. It was at that moment that I realized that it wasn't an accident... that our country was under attack. It was at that moment that my illusions of invincibility were shattered. I watched as the Pentagon was struck, and then we heard that another plane was hijacked. We knew that it wasn't too far away from Northeast Ohio, and since we didn't know where it was headed, we held our breath. We watched as the plane struck a Pennsylvania field, and we wept. We cried as a class, and we grappled with what had happened. The hallways were silent as I walked into Choir. We sang patriotic songs and held each others' hands. It was at that moment, that I bowed my head to say a prayer for the people in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. The rest of the day was a blur. I just remember that cheerleading practice was cancelled, and I spent the rest of the evening in front of the television with my family.
I feel like I blinked, and suddenly it's ten years later. The emotions are still just as powerful... the memories just as vivid. Still, I have faith in God, and I have faith in our leaders. Last night at church, I was reminded how we are all called to love one another. We are called to treat each other like we want to be treated, and we are called to love our enemies. I am saddened by the hatred that exists in the hearts of terrorists, but I will continue to pray that God will speak into their hearts and that His great love for ALL people will ultimately change the world one heart at a time, because He is the only one who can. He loves the whole world, not just Christians, not just Americans, and we are called to love EVERYONE as He loves. I hope that I'll remember this today and always.
Now, off of my soapbox! Help yourself to the documents if you think you can use them with your kiddos! I'll probably have more to post later this week. :)
What About Me Vocabulary
What About Me Spelling List
What About Me Objectives
What About Me Focus Wall Vocab