How Do You Talk To Your Kids About 9/11?

Today is just another day for my sons.

They aren’t mourning the loss of their father or other loved ones.

They aren’t visting a memorial to honor the victims in the Twin Towers.

In fact, if you mentioned 9/11, my kids wouldn’t know what you were talking about.

My children were born in a post-9/11 world.  They never saw the heartwrenching photos of New Yorkers fleeing their beloved city.  Or of firefighters placing an American flag in the rubble.

We were so lucky to not have lost a family member or a friend on that day.  My kids are so very  blessed to not have experienced the very real and very tragic nightmare of that day.

I still remember 9/11.  I still remember waking up to the replay of the plane hitting the Tower.  I still remember going into work, feeling totally and utterly helpless here in California.  I still remember calling our dozens of consultants all over the country.  I still remember waiting to hear from Satyapal – scheduled to work in the Towers that week.  I still remember the cheers of joy from the building when we received an email from him. He was alive.  I still remember crying in the bathroom at work for people that I never knew and their families who didn’t know if their loved one was alive.

So now, how do I talk to my children about that day?  When do I talk to them about it?  How do I explain 9/11?  What do I say?

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