Olivia is just now getting to the age where she can hold a mini conversation and ask us about things she sees and hears. I am thankful, however, that on this day, she is not yet asking me what the flags are flying for, why people are wearing pins, or what 9/11 means.
I am thankful because I am terrified of the day when she will ask me and how I will answer that question truthfully without scaring her half to death or making her mistrustful of others.
It’s going to be a tough conversation and one that I will need to be prepared for. For those of you who have little ones already asking the tough questions, here are some children’s books to help you through those discussions.
America is Under Attack by Don Brown
September Roses by Jeanette Winter
It’s Still a Dog’s New York by Susan Roth
The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story by Cheryl Somers Aubin and Sheila Harrington
September 12th: We Knew Everything Would Be All Right by Masterson Elementary Students
The Little Chapel that Stood by A.B. Curtiss
September 11, 2001: A Day in History by Evelyn B. Block
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman
Do Not Be Sad- A Chronicle of Healing by FDNY Engine 24 Ladder 5