Last year, I wrote on how and when we would tell Kaitlyn about September 11, 2001. We still, to this day, have not pinned down the approach we are going to take. It is tough, because we have to juggle so many emotions, both hers and ours.
Our approach is going to have to be a well thought out one for sure. I say this because over the weekend, Amber and I were watching Act of Valor and Kaitlyn remarked to us that she was scared by the movie. She was in her room and heard the explosions, etc., and it had her scared. She said that she was afraid of all the killing also, so we had to explain to her that it was just a movie and nobody was really hurt in the movie.
We will not be able to explain 9/11 to her that way. Doing so would be unfair and be a disservice to her and to us. So we sit here, one year later, still trying to figure out a way to tell Kaitlyn what happened, without having her walk away scared of buildings and airplanes. She is going to have so many questions, and I want to be able to answer them honestly and openly. The time is coming soon, and this may be the last year I write the “how are we” blog and replace it with the “we did it” blog. I know one thing for sure, I am happy that she is 6 years old today instead of being 6 years old on 9/11/01 and having to explain it in real-time.