Baby On Your Six

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11 and Parenthood

With today being well, what today is, I can't help but think of the parents who have to explain the events that occurred 6 years ago today to children who are just becoming old enough to understand all the remembrances that will be going on today; much less parents who had to explain the events of 9/11 to children as they were occurring live on TV and in the days following.

I remember commenting to DrummerWife when she was pregnant with Aaron that I didn't look forward to the day when I had to explain terrorism to my child when they were old enough to understand. Unfortunately, I won't have the opportunity until a second DrummerChild comes into the picture, but the fact remains that there are parents out there who have to come to grips with sitting a child down and explaining that there are people out there who want to hurt and kill people like their mommy and daddy, and their friends mommy's and daddy's, and THEM, just because of who they are, and how they live. How do you do that without absolutely destroying whatever sort of innocence your child might be able to maintain in this world we live in?

And now rumors are coming out of Al-Qaeda attacks targeted at American elementary and middle schools - how could you EVER prepare a child that young for that kind of reality?


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