1. I’ve been so moved by reading the emotions of the midlife women who are a few years older than I. How sad that children have to be afraid of attacks and worried about hiding.

    It was sad for the nation but even sadder, as you note, for his family and especially Caroline and John-John who grew up without a father.

    1. That is at least what I took away from the experience Kay Lynn. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I had forgotten in some ways about the worry I felt back then. The need for protection. We may seem to take a lot for granted now. Maybe we need to ask our children how they feel. We certainly need to protect them.

  2. I was in 5th grade in San Diego….we were at recess when the bell rang early and we got in line to go back into the school. The teachers were all crying. We knew something was terribly wrong and in our young minds the worst thing we could imagine was that our principal had died (we all loved him!). Our teacher was crying so hard she couldn’t talk, so the teacher next door came in to tell us what had happened. I honestly think that was the day innocence and the belief in goodness was lost and the United States changed forever.

    1. It saddens me to believe that Lori but I know that many people do. I guess I hate to give the actions of one man that much power. (I don’t want to go into the whole “it’s wasnt just one man” right now..) I want to maintain my belief in goodness. I know that it was shocking to understand that it could be accomplished. Maybe that is where we could find a way of understanding – that what changed was an innocence about being protected from harm. I so appreciate your comment and feel that your sentiment is shared by many.

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