I was the only one awake in our house at that time, watching "Grey's Anatomy" and texting commentaries with a friend. We were both irritated that our show was interrupted by a local "breaking news" announcement, until I realized the news anchor said the name of my town. Then I looked on-line everywhere to find out exactly WHERE, to no avail, till 11:00. I woke up my husband, called my mom, and updated my status on Facebook, while we watched the news. We couldn't see any smoke near us and only heard a few sirens. I may have fallen asleep at about 1am, and woke up 1:15am when a text message came through from a worried friend, then woke up periodically through the night.
My main concern initially was how to explain this to my almost-8 year old daughter. School was cancelled Friday, but I had to work (in another district), so she spent the day at her best friend's house, and they did watch a bit of news coverage and talked about it with her friend's mom. She has been very matter-of-fact and not emotional about the whole event, and that does reflect her temperament to some degree. I guess my worries were unnecessary, but we'll see.
Remember my previous post about reading The Shack? I read that book on Wednesday the 11th. The next day, the day of the plane crash, my school district (where I work) cancelled school due to bad weather, so I had all day to think about the book, run errands, and visit my father-in-law's grave (it was the one year anniversary of his death). In the afternoon, I stole some "chill out" moments at the Clarence Center coffee shop and wrote in my journal. One of my resolutions of the day was to "cover the basics" with my daughter - have a simple yet overdue conversation about God. And we did, that evening on our drive to her piano lesson. That night, the plane crashed 2 miles from our house and 2 blocks from that coffee shop.
As for me, I don't know what to say, except "up and down". Sometimes I feel very thankful, sometimes I'm very depressed. I'm very relieved to have this coming week off, our "mid-winter break".