Like so many others, I felt the Earth move on Tuesday.
I was in the midst of working with teachers from Imagine Discovery in Baltimore County Maryland when the floor started quaking. Everyone in the room looked across the computer tables at each other with expressions that conveyed, “Stop shaking the table.”
But as soon as we laid eyes on each other, we realized we weren’t the ones shaking things up.
As quickly as this realization happened one of the teachers said, “It’s an earthquake. I lived in California for years. It will stop in a minute.” And it did. That’s when the disbelief and cell phone scramble began.
What an odd feeling. Surreal.
Interesting, we grabbed our cell phones and began texting to see about our loved ones: husbands, kids, and dogs included.
We checked news feeds and learned of what we had experienced.
Ah, life in the modern age. I wonder how this scene would have played out 10 years ago, 20 years ago… Yesterday, we received information in a matter of seconds and had assimilated broad spectrums of information within minutes. Peace and calm were restored-although our focus on mathematics was severely sidetracked. We did however, recoup, review and wrap up our day in a timely manner.
Unreal- our access to instant information and updates allowed us to process and forge ahead. I’m certain 20 years ago we would have called it a day and gone into the world to check on loved ones and gather around TVs for knowledge of what was happening.
Interesting to ponder, but not quite as interesting as the thought that I experienced my first earthquake on Wednesday and may also ride out Hurricane Irene on the weekend. As long as a swarm of locusts doesn’t follow, well I’ll be okay:)