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Many times when I am in a classroom, kids say something or reference a show and I think, “Well, back when I was young…” I don’t have that many years under my belt but these events occur and I feel old.  Well, today a kind of eerie and moving event occurred.  I was in for a support teacher and one of the student’s mothers came in to read a story: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein. It tells the story of Philippe Petit, who on August 7, 1974, walked a wire strung between the Twin Towers.    Before she began, the mother discussed the Twin Towers and how most of the children in the class were born the year of 9/11 so they would have no recollection of the towers  ever being up or their fall.  When she got to the end and read, “Now the towers are gone,” I  was a bit moved.

It is always surreal for me to discuss this event with students because I can remember exactly where I was when the planes crashed but these students can’t imagine.  It’s like when people talk about the assassination of JFK or Pearl Harbor.  The thing is these students just keep getting younger and farther from the event.  I know I shouldn’t be surprised because the school I student taught at didn’t even have a moment of silence…and they were in school on the day.  The school I am in now at least had a moment of silence but it’s still so far from them.   I wonder what it will be like to talk about in another twenty years?

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein


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