14/26 I think I was around 6 years old. I grew up in rural Lancaster County. A young woman had been attacked and abducted not too far from my house. Luckily, she found an opportunity to escape from the car, and an Amish man had helped defend her from the abductor. The person sped away and was never caught. After that, I was never allowed to ride bike by myself or go down to the pond, and we started locking our doors at night.
15/26 When I found out we had a 'panic room' in our house.
We live right in the middle of two suburban (for lack of better word) 'gangs', and when I was about 6, they would have regular machete fights on our driveway.
16/26 When I was ten I fell and split my chest open on the gate of my childhood home. Not only was the world not safe, but my world at home wasn't safe either.
17/26 The first event I can remember that shocked me as a child was when this kid came roaring through our quiet neighborhood in his loud car and deliberately HIT a dog and killed it. I happened to be playing out front in the yard with 2 of my friends - we all witnessed it. I remember just looking in disbelief ... crying, because we all liked the dog so much - why would someone do this?
18/26 We were 10 years old, I walked into my Science class, the teacher starts the class. About half an hour later, she gets a phone call and turns on the TV.
We see video of a plane hitting the World Trade Centers, look up and see the teacher crying at a point in time where being an adult meant you were supposed to be superhuman.
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