Editor’s Note: The essay below was written in 2001 and appears in the self-published book, Through Our Eyes: A Tapestry of Words and Images in Response to September 11. Printed and distributed in 2002, the book was the result of an independent, volunteer documentary project organized by a journalist and several friends. The author’s bio was written in 2002 and has not been updated.
Brittany Calder is a 12-year-old who lives just east of Portland in Gresham, Oregon. She wrote the following soon after the Sept. 11 attack.