Friday, September 11, 2009
My daughter asked me yesterday if I knew what today was. A little puzzled I asked, "No, is there something happening tomorrow I should know about?" She was appauled that I didn't know it was Sept.11th. Well, I had remembered but I was surprised she was asking about it. I've tried in the past to keep some of the sad details to myself thinking that it would only upset her. She asked me, "Why is everyone so sad on Friday the 11th anyway? So, two buildings fell down. What's the big deal?" Ok, now she is nine and doesn't see the whole picture and it's my fault for keeping her in the dark. It was time to tell her what had really happened. I then explained to her that those buildings were filled with thousands of people and I tried to explain just how large the buildings were. I told her about the images on the television of the plane crashing into the building and how my heart sank and what fear I was feeling at the time. And the firefighters who went into the building rushing to the top floors to help when the building collapsed. About how the city turned black with ash and how people scattered everywhere looking for shelter. And one of the most heartbreaking scenes was on tv showing people everywhere with signs and pictures looking for their loved ones. I'm holding back the tears as I write. I tried not to focus on who did it or why because I don't want her to create opinions about others before she gets to know them. Prejudice is ugly and hurtful! So, I will try to be positive today and upbeat despite the past. I will remember but I will try not to focus on the sadness but on the bravery and the togetherness it brought to the people of our country. My heart goes out to anyone who lost a loved one on this day. We will be thinking of you!