We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001. We can all hear the sounds and recall the very steps we took the day we heard or saw the great twin towers in New York City go down. I’m sure we all get goose bumps with the memory of the sight of the first plane hitting, with the visions of the faces who lived through it all first hand. We remember. Chances are our kids don’t.
My own children weren’t even a glimmer in my mind. I didn’t even know my husband at the time. So explaining the importance of September 11th to children who were born after the terror is a challenge.
I know my kids’ teachers will talk with them about being a good patriot. I’m sure they will brush upon the tragic day and how “bad people” wanted to hurt us. I want my kids to understand the importance of remembering how that day has forever changed us, all the while restoring their faith and trust in this great country.
Here are some books that I want to share with my kids today:
The Little Chapel That Stood by A.B. Curtiss
This beautiful book tells the story of St. Paul’s Chapel, which stood only 100 ft. away from the twin towers, remains standing. Through the explosions, fire, and ash. It also tells of the courageous men who stopped by the chapel before going into the ruins to rescue survivors.
The Survivor Tree by Cheryl Somers Aubin
This book, inspired by a true story, is a story of hope as a single tree was able to survive the strike on the twin towers. Workers found the green leaves peeking through the ash. It was a symbol of hope in a time of despair.
I want to share these stories with my kids so that they can continue to be hopeful and faithful even when the most devastating events occur.
I wish you a time of reflection, courage, hope, and faith on this day of remembrance.