Ella Kate’s school had a huge September 11 program this year. I don’t know if I have mentioned this or not, but I am head room mom for her class. I don’t know why I thought it would be a good idea to do that. It is a ton of work. But, I get to go to all the functions…main reason why I did it. So I could be with EK and all the fun things she does at school. Each class was assigned a theme: fireman, nurses, statue of liberty etc. Ours was freedom/Statue of Liberty. We made Statue of Liberty hats and torches. For those who don’t know, Arlington is a very very small town outside of Memphis. We don’t even have our own police, but we do have a shelby county substation. We also have one fire department in the middle of the town, which is next to the elementary school. We got the firefighters, paramedics, military, veterans, nurses, drs, mayor, and some type of military band to attend. We marched around the firetrucks for about an hour and then there was an hour long program. I didn’t get to stay for the program, I had an angry 20 pound weight who was crying through the whole thing (because it was loud) and she wanted me to hold her the entire time. So we left. I was reading through our facebook stream and apparently it was a beautiful program which left most in tears. I got to school early that day to hand out the torches etc. and the bag pipes were warming up and playing Amazing Grace. Instant tears.
I have never told Ella Kate or shown her any images from 9/11. I figured her teachers would tell her something about it at school that day. So Tuesday I told her what happened and showed her the images of the planes and the buildings. She knows that bad people attached our country that day and thousands of innocent people, kids, fireman, policeman etc were killed. She got the jist of that, and thats basically what she learned in school. I figured that was a start. But anyways…the kids had fun marching around!
Ella Kate was so proud that her mom made the torches for them to carry, she carried hers up high practically the whole time. Its sitting on a shelf in her room now. So, perk of being a room mom, a proud kid!