“Mom, what movie are you watching? It looks scary!”
Oh baby, how I wish it had been a movie.
The best I could come up with was, “Sweety, you don’t have to worry. I’m always here to protect you. Why don’t you build me a cake?” Hardly helpful, now that I think about it.
“But who protects you, Mom?”
I didn’t immediately know how to answer that one. After some thought, here’s what I’ve come up with:
There is a heck of a lot of evil in this world, baby. I don’t know why these people are this way. I don’t think anyone really knows.
What you saw on the TV, it actually happened. It wasn’t a movie. Some evil people flew planes into those tall buildings. There were a lot of innocent people hurt. There were a lot of people that died. Some of the people who were hurt and who died were Firefighters, EMTs, Policemen, and Paramedics.
I didn’t know any of them, honey, but they’re still my family. I know that’s hard for you to understand, and believe me, it’s hard to
explain. We chose these jobs because we wanted to serve the public. When you asked who protects us? We protect each other. We argue at times, just like you and your friends do, but we will always look out for and take care of each other the same way we protect and take care of the public.
That’s what we should be doing.
Sweetheart, that’s how I want you to live your life. I want you to look out for and take care of your friends and family just like we do.
You can do this, even though you’re only six, by keeping your eyes open to what’s going on around you. If you see something that doesn’t seem right, tell an adult. If you see someone doing something they shouldn’t be doing, tell an adult. If you see someone being bullied, tell an adult. Don’t ever be afraid to speak up.
Just pay attention to what is happening around you, okay?
I love you, Abby.
PS… What your brother told you about being a “tattle-tale”? Totally untrue.