How sad that my 14 year old truly believed that they shouldn't have school today. And no, he didn't just want another day off. He was a little scared. He is not obsessing or anything, just voicing his fears.
Here are some of his comments to me at bed-time last night:
What if something happens here or in DC? Does the school know what to do? Is there any way possible that we could be attacked by air? Do you think there are any terrorists where we live? Why would they rebuild the twin towers? Don't you think that as soon as they are built, they will be attacked again? I wish all of the world could have the same government and we wouldn't have to worry about war. I wish I could invent an invisible shield that could go around the world that would shelter us from any terrorism...it could be in the waters and the skies... and on and on it went.
I listened for a long time, said what I could to reassure him. I surely don't have all the answers. Who does?
I simply told him that I am having some of the same thoughts and the only way I can go about this life is by faith. I told him I am sure I would find out if the schools needed to close. I will keep my cell phone on me at all times.
I assured him that God is ultimately in control and that no matter what happens God is always with him and he can talk to Him and feel protected by Him. That is how I am finding comfort.
What are you saying to your kids?
Oh, and my husband and I decided no television news on in the morning. They don't need to be reminded before they walk out the door for school.