First of all, I want to thank Makafui, a fellow blogger over at “That African Girl,” for featuring an interview with me! I enjoyed writing about what got me started blogging and my views on culture, women’s rights, and feminism. Please click here to read the interview. Thanks, Mak!
Second of all, today is 9/11 – a day that is forever etched in the hearts of Americans. We can’t forget 9/11; it changed our lives, defined the course of our country, and altered international relations. Many people have been posting about their experiences on 9/11 and where they were at the time. To be honest, my memory is blurry — but I know I was in middle school, and as a 12-year old, I hardly comprehended what had happened. We were in class, but suddenly teachers got word that something horrible had taken place. Back then, we didn’t have Twitter or Facebook, and I didn’t have a cell phone. But all of the teachers had turned on the tvs, and we were all standing up, watching with utter dread, and shock. I lived in New Jersey, and many of our parents worked in New York. We were all frantically trying to find out where our parents and family members were, and whether they were all right. It was a frightening moment. Some of my classmates heard horrible news from their families. Someone’s father had been at the World Trade Center. We were all quiet, devastated as the news spread like wildfire through the hallways, which soon became empty, echoing with silence.
As a 7th-grader, I didn’t fully understand it all. I didn’t know what was happening, why the towers had been hit, and what I should be doing or feeling in that situation. Today, I know far more. And I am sad for those lives lost and the trajectory we have taken since that day. It is a day of mourning, and today I read these notes in silent remembrance:
- Growing up Muslim in a post 9/11 world: One of the sad consequences of that day.
- Ten Years: A hauntingly written and profound memoir of the day by a blogger and friend, Vicky Boykis.
- For Young Afghans, History’s Lessons Lost? An excellent look into the lives of Afghan children, and their views of 9/11. Many of them don’t know what 9/11 is, or why Americans are really in their country.