They say every generation has a defining moment where everybody remembers where they were. Pearl Harbor. Kennedy. Challenger. 9/11.
I was home sick that day from 6th grade; my parents trusted me to stay home alone. As it was, my mother was a teacher and called to tell me to turn on the news. It was horrifying, but what strikes me today is that I didn't share this with my classmates. I wasn't at school watching the launch live like nearly everyone else in my generation.