Hailing from the Boston area myself, I’m feeling a little raw today. I’m so relieved and grateful that my friends and family members who were watching or running the race are all home safe. But it really pains me to think of all the families who are hurting today, and I am hurting with them.
I was reading Facebook earlier today, and a high school friend asked how to explain this to his 4 year old son. One person’s response was to just give his son the facts. I am on the opposite end of this spectrum. Perhaps I’m too naive, but if there is anything I can do to protect my two year old and five year old from the terrifying aspects of this world, I would like to do so. I’m not afraid to talk about life and death, because this is the cycle of life. Yet, their young minds can not truly understand the rational details of such an event; is it really worth giving them “the facts”? I just want to wrap them up and keep them safe and innocent, just a little bit longer.
There were a few hours yesterday when I was waiting to hear if my brother was safe; what an unsettling time. Thankfully, I had to remain present with my kids. Ella and I had a fun photo shoot, showing off her new Regina (to coordinate with mine – so Hanna Andersson!).
Wrapping her up.