September 11th (Superman) Letter


April, 2002

Dear Engine 7, Ladder 1,

As a little girl I never understood violence, or why certain people did it. I always thought the world was one peaceful place, but as I got older I understood that it wasn't. My parents always taught me never to treat anybody different. They told me to treat people the way you wanted to be treated. Now I am 13 years old and in the 7th grade. I admit that I pick on people and people pick on me but it's nothing serious where people get hurt. When the Twin Towers got attacked many things went through my head. I had heard that a reason we were attacked was because we were trying to get rid of the Hindu religion. As a result of this I respect every religion no matter how weird or unusual I think it is.

There was a major change in my life after September 11, 2001. My English teacher brought it to my attention. I fight with my parents all the time. We fight over clothes, makeup and all of that teen stuff. One time I told them that I hate them or I'll ignore them. My teacher told me to imagine the kids that said that to their parents on September 11, 2001. Of course they didn't know what was going to happen. Now they have to live with the fact that they didn't even get to say goodbye to their parents when this happened.  Now that child has to deal with never even being able to say goodbye to their mom or dad that died. So now everyday I always say I love you or good morning or goodbye. Just in case anything ever happens.

I have had many accidents in my life but nothing that was as bad as September 11, 2001. I panic a lot over little things like if my mom is running late to come pick me up. My mom always has me call her whenever I go out just so she knows I'm safe.

Thank you for helping our nation and never giving up and for fighting this attack.



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