Monday, September 12, 2011

REAL BOOGEYMEN

As it turned out…
The scariest story I told my grandkids…
Over the weekend was…
The truth.
Yesterday, while making breakfast…
I had the TV on.
The three of them came down giggling and innocently asked…
“What that on TV, grandma?”
I stopped what I was doing and went into the family room.
For the next hour, we sat and watched the horror of 9/11.
The shock on their faces was real…
As I explained as best I could…
Evil.
“Why did the terrorists want to kill all those people?”
“Why do they hate us?”
“Do they still want to kill us?”
Up until now…
They only evil they’ve seen has been in movies.
They weren’t even on this planet when 9/11 happened.
I could see they were affected by what they saw…
Especially when the towers went down.
They had of course heard about 9/11…
But seeing it was different.
Thankfully, their appetites took over…
And we ate breakfast and talked about other things.
I wish I could make it so they’d never have to experience evil…
But in this day and time…
Evil seems to be everywhere.
I guess that's why I love to read…
It's the best way I've figured out...
To escape.
Even if it’s just for a little while.
So?
How do you escape the scary realities of life?

Always, Em-Musing

7 comments:

Anne Gallagher said...

Yeah, Monster Child aske me about it too. I couldn't explain it in terms she would understand because I didn't understand it myself.

We watched two minutes of it on tv but I kept crying and she got more and more upset as I cried so I just let it go.

There's so many things in this life I have to shield her from, I think evil is another one. for just a little while longer until she's ready, more grown up. I don't want to spoil her childhood. You know. Make her paranoid like me.

Creepy Query Girl said...

I tried to explain it to my kids too. I hate having to tell them the truth about the world but they need to know and be wary. I guess we all escape the only ways we know how.

Constance Phillips said...

Explaining it is so hard. My daughter began ranting about someone she knows on facebook who was complaining that everyone keeps talking about it and we should just "move on."

As I said then, if we try to forget and move on, we'll begin to feel safe enough to leave our shoes on in airports. Giving them the chance to do it all again.

It's not something you can forget. Ever.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Yes, my escape is reading too--which is why I like to read more lighthearted books.

Michael Offutt said...

Evil is indeed everywhere and oftentimes where you least expect it.

Sarah Nicolas said...

Oh, that has to be such a hard thing to explain to children!

Patrice Kavanaugh said...

Books, movies, TV shows, "spa-days" are all great escapes. And when the evil guys get justice in the books, movies, shows--even better.