There was no more painting that day, only shocked silence as we listened to the news.
When it seemed that the worst was over, that no more planes would be flying into buildings, not this day, the class dispersed.
Suddenly life had changed. I had intended to do some shopping after class, but even as I headed for for the mall, I felt a strong desire to be at home and turned around.
And life has changed. Several wars later, we still aren't safe. And I still prefer being at home.
I don't go to the mall and I avoid most crowds. It's partly personal preference (I never have liked crowds or the mall) and partly the growing number of terrorist attacks.
Not by Muslim extremists, mind you, but by our own home-grown crazies--for the most part dissatisfied young white men with access to automatic weapons.
I'm not exactly cringing behind the sofa. But these days, I do wonder what worries me more--the copperheads in the rock walls at home or the crazy guy intent on his moment of notoriety at my local Walmart.