I waited till the day was over before I decided to write my thoughts about such a horrific day ten years ago and yet looking back on ten years is a way to reflect upon so many things that have happened in my life since that ill fated days of 9/11/01. I now have three children and yet I’m not sure how I will ever be able to explain that day, explain the why or even attempt to discuss the history of the middle east or the religion of Islam and being as objective as possible.
So now I must explain to my 4 year old about 9/11. Everyday as we make the drive home through DFW International Airport, my daughter is in awe about airplanes. She will always ask me what airplanes are for and it reminds me of those times when I was little always staring at airplanes (my dad worked for an airline). So I explain to her that airplanes transport people to far away places. It’s hard for her to understand that people are inside of an airplane. So as images of those planes slam into the World Trade Center, I’m not sure how I could explain to her why an airplane would intentionally crash into a building.
So I won’t not just yet. I cannot explain events of those days, unless I can get her to realize how her world today was impacted by those events in the past. What I do know is that when I was in college I tgranscibed oral history interviews of World War II veterans. What struck a chord with me was how real their everyday lives seemed before they joined the war effort as kids growing into men who would then fight for this country. I could hear and learn about the past but never truly appreciate it until I spoke with someone who had been through it.
So it will be with September 11th. My children will not truly understand the gravity of such a tragic event unless they can hear about life at that time and compare it to life now. To really understand the tragedy is to understand how such an event has impacted their current life and how they will change their environment in the future.