For the record, I have not missed any other days in the Fat Mum Slim’s September photo a day challenge— I just didn’t blog about them.
Today’s prompt, Hero, coincided with 9/11’s anniversary.
I have so much… so many… so… just… about September 11th.
Technically, for the entire year of 2001 those dark places were on the 11th of every month, but that one was especially hard even before the first plane.
You see, that day was the 6 month anniversary of my Dad’s death, and the 10th and 11th days represented the gloomy peaks of each month’s depressive cycle.
Every free moment– for weeks, maybe even a month, I just sat and watched news coverage on loop. Other than writing my state senator to inquire about lifting my “you can’t ever join the military again” ban, watching the news is all that I can remember.
But that’s not the point of today’s post.
Well, it IS kind of the point, but detailing the convoluted path of my logic lies just beyond the fingertips this evening. You can look forward to the novella tomorrow.
So, photo prompt, Hero and the Cliff’s note version of the convoluted path.
The timing of preschool and elementary school drop-off schedules means Zach gets one-on-one time with me twice a week. Only for 25 minutes, but that’s the deal with kids– they don’t require all of your hours; only a devoted amount of your undivided attention.
It didn’t occur to me until this morning that they might bring up September 11th in school today; we’re still dancing around our Pledge of Allegiance quandary. Before I could even find age-appropriate words, he asked me about the Pledge– again— and just like that, our drive time turned into an overview of the Civil War.
My 5 (and 3/4 if you ask him) year old son was thoroughly horrified that adults once thought it was okay to buy and sell people. And I’m not going to lie– his reaction filled me with pride.
To enjoy a life so far removed from the painful reality that too many other children face and yet still have that internal need of justice for all?
These kids of mine are my personal heroes. Every day.