My 6th grade science teacher told our class there was going to be 3 events in our lives that we would never forget where we were or what we were doing.
She said those words on April 20, 1999. I don’t remember her name, but I do remember at the beginning of the class we could buy ice cream (this lady had an ICE CREAM MACHINE IN HER ROOM!) while we watched Channel 1 news. Channel 1 news was the kids version of CNN or Fox News. When we flipped on Channel 1 I was busy getting my ice cream, and turned towards the TV to them showing live coverage outside of Columbine High School. The entire class went silent. It was the first school shooting we had heard of happening. That day Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed themselves and 13 others, and injured 21 more kids.
Fast forward to September 11, 2001. I was in World History, and it had been like any other day. We talked about some history, and took a general knowledge quiz. The bell rings. I head to my 2nd period class where I am met by my buddy Tyler. He yells, “they’ve hit the tower!” I was totally clueless as to what in the world he was talking about so I just went to my seat. The news is on and they are showing live coverage of the Twin Towers right after the second plane hit the South Tower. We had class, but no one paid attention to the teacher. That day 19 hijackers took the lives of 2,977 people.
In both of these tragedies we came together. We let people know that we carried about each other, and we realized that tomorrow is not promised. I saw this on Facebook, and it stuck with me.
REPEAT: “TONIGHT IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU LOVE, TELL THEM!”