I think for a lot of Americans, this was a time of loss in so many ways. For me, it was a loss of security and innocence. I am heartbroken for all those people who were killed, and those who lost friends and family. I had night mares about being in a plane you knew was being taken down. And EVERY TIME one of my family members flies, I remember those phone calls placed from the plane to loved ones back on the ground. I pray my phone never ever rings with a call like that. I would say the attack affected me quite deeply. And still does. So, how do I talk to my children about this?
These are three boys who love gun play (despite my efforts to stop it!) and find bombs exciting (although they don't really see them as destroying anything, just as a big boom, like a fire work). So, do I talk about the violence and death? They don't understand death. They have never known someone die. They don't get that guns and bombs hurt, it is all to abstract for them. ( Like the stock market is for me.)
I think I will join the country in celebrating the heros. I think I will talk about those helped. I will talk about the rescue dogs, the firefighters, and police, and the ordinary person who helped.
And, I will talk about building peace, and becoming a person who makes good decisions. I didn't find any books on 9/11 at the library, (although I know there are some,) But, I did find this book;
|Let there be Peace by Jeremy Brooks|
And this one;
|Becoming Me by Martin Boroson|