I protect my child as much as possible. Therefore, I have chosen not to tell her about yesterday’s tragedy. At age five, she simply does not need to know. What happened is incomprehensible to me, an adult; she would only personalize the information and worry for her own safety. I cannot make the world safe, but I limit media exposure at home. If she hears about it elsewhere and asks, I will answer her questions as simply as possible keeping in mind her age and ability to understand.
Eventually she will lose her innocence, but I won’t hurry it along.
My heart aches for the children and families on whom this horror was thrust, and I pray for their solace.
Wherever you can, let children have their innocence.
There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
- Edith Wharton
Something else to remember:
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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world.”