Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Patriot Day

Right after September 11, 2001, I purchased this book for multiple reasons. I wanted a good pictural description of the day and the days after. I also wanted something to be able to show my kids when they are old enough. Pictures often speak louder than words.
But when are they old enough? School age? Middle school? I know they won't really comprehend the entire thing until much older, but eventually in the coming years Ashley will hear about the memorials and moments of silence and ask questions. And because Ashley will ask questions, so will Audrey.

And I know we just finished a Fun Monday where we all did a good deed, but today, go do another good deed (check out this website). Smile at everyone you greet. Pick up lunch for a friend. Email someone and check up on them. Anything, something.

Happy Patriot Day.


18 comments:

Kellie said...

That book is awesome--I look through it each year on the anniversary. Amazes me that today marks 6 years.

CPA Mom said...

I've never seen that book. What a wonderful tribute. The book, and this post. Have a wonderful day.

Happy Working Mom said...

We also bought a book that has tons and tons of pictures in it of the whole day. I thought it would be a great way to show the kids what happened on that day as it has actual pictures and some of them are really horrible.

I don't know the age...I'm guessing like with everything else it will just happen and you'll know it's time to show and tell them.

Sabrina said...

When you figure that out, let me know. We've recently discussed what happens when you die...I asked Alyssa where people go when they've died. She said "you go to the hospital and they make you feel better". I said, no honey, when you're dead, you're dead, you go to heaven. So she looked up at me and said "And they make you feel better in heaven?"
Tough conversation!

la bellina mammina said...

I have to check if the book's on ale at Borders here.

Julie said...

It will be interesting to see when our kids start learning about it at school. I would imagine it will pop up in middle school for sure - if not sooner.

frannie said...

it is unreal that horror was already 6 years ago....

my4kids said...

I don't know what the best age is for talking to the kids about it is. I still have a hard time discussing it with Izzak who is 12. If I can't comprehend or sort it all out in my mind at my age how will he? It is truelly a hard question. For us it was just the start of a very difficult time in our family so it stirs up lots of memories I don't like to remember much.

Beccy said...

That looks like an amzaing book to have and a gift to share with your children, we shall never forget.

Pam said...

Thanks for sharing...I love your idea- remember the past and use it to make a better today!

That Chick Over There said...

They talk about it in school...it's one of those inevitable things, you know?

Lost A Sock said...

It really is amazing to me that this is history to our kids - yet something so real and mind-blowing an experience for us. Hope your day went well. Thanks for posting this.

Rebecca said...

I haven't seen that book, but definitely need to pick up a copy. I can't imagine how we will explain it to Max as I still have trouble understanding all of my own feelings... as much as it was one of the worst days to be a New Yorker, in many ways it was one of the best weeks to be a New Yorker and I hope we will be able to share that as much as the tragedy.

Heather J said...

I would like to have that book. I have pictures from shortly after it happened, but having that book would be something I would like to show Caleb too.

Kelly M said...

I've never seen the book either..looks like a keeper though...I agree...I do think it is important to explain to you children but at a much later age. What better explains it than pictures?

Rachel said...

I guess I still have a hard time coming to grips with the fact that I do have to tell my kids about this. Kaylie was less than a year old when this happened.

I know that I have to tell them, but, at least at this point, it's hard to talk about it without getting emotional. It was like the end of my generations's innocence.

Donetta said...

Thank you good resource I book marked it.

SJ said...

I have that same book!

And I will never forget ......