I got the news the way I get almost any important, shocking news these days: via text message, while teaching a class. I glanced at the screen and these three words were seared into my eyes: BIN LADEN DEAD!!!
I stopped my class and quickly relayed the message to my adult students, who were as gobsmacked as me. When I ran to the teachers' room and saw that the internet indeed confirmed the news, a feeling of joy swelled in my gut, enveloping my whole body in warmth and electricity. I strolled back into the classroom and stood before the handful of older students seated in front of me, grinning so hard that I could almost hear my skin strain.
"It looks like it's true..."
Osama Bin Laden was dead and guess what? I was fucking happy. I was more than happy - I was elated - and I felt like celebrating. And I wasn't the only one.