The first four sections of this essay chronicle her attempts to make sense of September 11 in the succeeding weeks and months. The final section—”Corn, Beans, and Squash”—was written to and for her students at the end of the school year.

Author Biography

Patricia Lent grew up in McLean, Virginia. She studied ballet most of her childhood, and then stopped dancing to attend the University of Virginia (B.A. 1980). After graduation, she moved to Boston and then New York City to pursue a dance career with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and White Oak Dance Project. A growing fascination with birds took her to Costa Rica, Canada, and all over Central Park. Inspired by a bird walk with a young neighbor, she enrolled at Bank Street College in 1997. For the past five years, she has taught second and third grades at P.S. 234 in Lower Manhattan.



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