It feels like a huge responsibility to be some of these kids' sole source of news and explainer of all things weather, politics, history, and world affairs. Some of our impromptu vocabulary/geography words were: Pakistan, monarchy, terrorist, devastating, Alabama, duchess, prime minister, and London.
I sometimes have to remind myself that these kids were babies when the 9/11 attacks happened. They knew that it was a big deal that President Obama announced that some guy was dead and they knew that guy was bad, but Osama bin Laden wasn't rolling off any of their tongues.
I'm a little surprised at how much I feel affected by bin Laden's death. I get my NPR news feed (or Fox News Radio when the NPR station has too much static...see- I'm balanced!) to and from school, but I don't don't follow world news that closely otherwise. I didn't know anybody affected by the 9/11 attacks and I'm not a big Toby Keith/boot-in-your-a**-it's-the-American-way fan. But I had a strong reaction to the news last night. I'm so proud of our military and leaders for making this happen and the world just seems like a little safer place. I'm bursting with pride for my cousins in the military- one about to embark on his third tour of duty to Iraq and the other graduating from West Point this month.
Anyway, that's where I am today.
Tomorrow- back to being the crazy running lady. I have 4 running list posts planned for this (okay, maybe continued into next) week and a marathon coming up on Saturday!