You can't ignore it even if you want to.
On this 15th anniversary of 9/11, I have thought a lot about how I react to it and I have concluded, like many of us, I try to control it. I need to control it, so it can't control me.
Today, I spent time working in my gardens, something I dearly love and something that brings me great solace. It is time to start making that shift towards the changes of fall. So what am I out doing? Controlling what is there to prepare for the shift. Many of my plants are tired. Many of my plants are overgrown. However, my garden is something I have a certain ability to control.
At home, our daughter has decided to relocate to the basement. This is change. This change is exciting because it means that I can move my office into her room and hopefully create my dream study. As she and I are working through the piles of junk that needs to be thrown away or organized for the future, my daughter makes the comment that it is good to clean, because you find things that have been lost and you have forgotten about. Too true!
This is the case with September 11. As time passes, it is easy to forget. Our nation was forced to change that day, even if we wanted to ignore it. That change was hard. It was emotional and for some, it was life altering. As educators, we need to remember this change and find the appropriate ways to continue to teach about it. Time should not cause the day to be lost.
Time changes everything and no matter how much we try to control it, ultimately we can't. Instead, we need to reflect upon it and learn from it, no matter how hard and painful that may be.