posted on Dec, 17 2013 @ 08:08 AM
My youngest was 10 on 9/11, and in school that day. He remembers it like it was yesterday; so do I, and so does his sister, who was 12 and also in
school that morning. My son had nightmares about his school being bombed, about being dead, and wondering if his sister and I would be okay.
THAT IS NOT WHAT I WANTED FOR MY KIDS.
They have, on their own, studied the situation; and as he has grown up (now nearly 23) he has thought long and hard about 9/11, religion, etc. My
daughter ventured into some Youth Ministry thing in middle school, just to 'taste it', and went to a camp in a beautiful, wooded setting on a lake
somewhere. She said they had all sorts of fun, and it was beautiful there (we always liked being in the woods/outdoors), but then over dinner one
evening shortly after they'd arrived, they were all told they were worthless, useless, hopeless sinners who could never redeem themselves. That was
They were "sent to bed" with that message. She said she was horrified, and felt awful, and couldn't believe the shaming, the scathing loathsome
degradation. It hurt her. She's never forgotten it.
It was The Next Morning that they got "The Good News!" "Jesus died for your sins, so you have to do this and that and the other, to stay out of
She dumped the Youth Group as soon as they got back to town.
We are not a 'religious' family; and we certainly didn't use 9/11 as a reason to become religious, or to 'hate' Muslims. I did not forbid my
kids to 'investigate' religions, or question them; I did my best to answer their concerns (and they were concerned).
I'm still unsure if it was an inside job or not, we just don't discuss it - last I heard my son thought it was definitely an inside job....but it
doesn't matter anymore, really what any of us Americans think...
the damage is done.
A fifth grader is PLENTY old enough to be able to address these things!!
I don't know if you all saw the couple of videos earlier this year: one was a 10-year old girl in the Middle East somewhere talking about not wanting
her family to sell her into a child marriage, and the other was a boy about 11 in Egypt talking to a reporter about the uprisings in Cairo Both very
People don't give kids enough credit. By age 10 they are very much aware of what's going on around them.
9/11 traumatized this country, and changed it forever. The kids growing up in war-torn, conflicted areas are forever scarred, forever traumatized by
the things going on around them. We must not forget that.
The adults in Florida can "shut the kid down" in their stupid contest all they want, but he WILL remember this, and NOT in a warm, exciting,
accomplishment sort of way.