Joe and I were talking last night on our way home from practice about whether today would be hard for our girls. Coaching is much more than just planning workouts and when things that we can’t explain in the world or community happen, we try to be prepared for what the girls might be feeling or experiencing beyond just the confines of practice. Most of our runners were very young when 9/11 happened; our freshman were less than a year old. I’ll be interested to observe how they remember today.
I was a freshman in college in New York when 9/11 happened. I remember waking up for class and showering and just as I was walking out the door, seeing a scene on TV that looked like a movie. Things slowed down/sped up from there and classes were canceled shortly thereafter. Since a huge number of my classmates were from New York City and most of my friends from the summer camp I worked at lived in Manhattan, the rest of the day was a bit of a blur. I don’t know if I ran that day. Like most people (I think?), I was glued to the TV and just trying to check in with friends. As the days went on, I was back to running because it is the only way I know to make sense of the senseless.
Among the things from that time that I will never forget is the following quote from a friend, sent in an email on the evening of September 11th, 2001:
“In times like these, there’s nothing to do but hold the people you love a little more tightly.”
It still rings true.