Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9-11

Today is a date that is emblazoned in minds of most of the people reading this post.  You remember where you were, what you did, how you felt.  It was a frightening and awful day to experience.  Thankfully, on the other hand, it is a day that most our children were not even around for. But it is likely to be something they hear about in school and/or see on TV today (and every September 11th from now on, if they live in the United States.) 
Last year, on the 10th anniversary, Robyn found a unique and tender way to discuss the events of September 11th with Bibs.  She wrote this post in the infancy of our blog and I'm thinking many of you may not have been around then to read it.  So, I feel like today is a perfect day to re-post it.
-Whit 

In Memory Of...
Everyone is talking about the ten year anniversary of 9-11. I've heard over and over 'can you believe it's already been ten years?' I can't. It was a horrible, tragic day... one that we'll never forget. Tragedies -large and small- are difficult to live with. After a loss it's truly a beautiful thing to be able to celebrate the memory of what once was. 'The Man Who Walked Between the Towers', by Mordicai Gerstein is just that. The telling of Philippe Petit's daring tight rope excursion between the two towers on August 7, 1974. It's a story that takes my breath away each time I read it. The Illustrations are magnificent (there's no wonder why this book received the Caldecott Medal in 2004). This book is a fantastic tribute to the World Trade Center and the spirit of adventure/daring by Philippe Petit. As I read it to my three year old son this morning I could see the range of emotions this book invoked in him. He was in awe about the tight rope walking, disbelief even. When we got to the end, and he learned that the towers weren't there anymore he wanted to know why. He'd never heard of them before reading this story and I could see the sadness build up inside of him as I told him about the day they were destroyed and the people who were killed. This book was the perfect way for me to have this moment with my son. This is a fantastic book.
-Robyn



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