A Daddy/Daughter 9/11 Dialogue

This morning I made the daily trip to Reidy Creek Elementary school with my first-grader, Anna, in-tow. The drive is only about a half-mile, but is full of traffic. We have some of our best talks during this time. Anna, like many first-graders, has a deeply inquisitive mind.

Her leadoff question this morning was a doozy. Daddy, what’s 9/11? How do you explain something like that to a kid? I was unprepared. The dialogue went something like this:

Are We Overdoing the 9/11 Thing?

No. We’re not. I can certainly understand how some might be afraid that hyper-reflection on 9/11 might lead to hostility against all Muslims or hold America back from moving forward. Ironically, many of these are the same people who insist that we remember Black History Month, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Holocaust, etc. We […]