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September 11th, 2011
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Talking to Small Children About 9/11

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Date:September 12th, 2011 06:08 am (UTC)

Good story

I teared up at your story; although I remember your telling about the kids' evacuation, I never heard it in such detail. I was watching the firefighters' story today, and it made me tear up today, as one of the youngest described the hopelessness and how his "happy" story for the first rescue day was that he found a "person" - and at least one family would have someone to bury.

Watching also made me remember your Xmen story about the bombing. Now I'll have to go find and reread....

Oh! and I loved their showing people from around showing up with towels and water and food and whatever for the workers. I wish I could have seen more than that -- they're always showing some of that in stories about floods and hurricanes etc. but the combination of it being NY, stereotyped as heartless, made it particularly moving....
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Date:September 12th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Good story

I often wonder about the day care workers and what became of them. It's such a low paid and precarious livelihood, anyway, and to lose your job and your wallet on the same day...

My 9/11 story (although I didn't start out planning on writing one - it just ended up that way) is called Taking Chances and it's here: http://mo.fandomnation.com/fic/viewstory.php?sid=36

Here's what I wrote about it last year:
It's my 9/11 story series, although that wasn't my intent. It's called "Taking Chances" and when I started to write it (years after 9/11) I conceived of it as being about a number of people taking emotional risks, some of which would work out well and some disastrously. Its working title was "the risk series." In it, I have characters who try to get their lovers to commit to a more serious relationship, risking losing the relationship altogether; there's a closeted young man who comes out to his mother; someone decides to adopt a baby knowing he may lose his partner in the process, etc. Emotional risks.

But I had a 9/11 story to write and I didn't know it. I'd avoided writing one when everyone was doing them right after. I felt like you need some distance to do it right, and then after a while I felt I didn't want to. Still it was there. As my characters struggle with what feels risky to them they don't know that - like the people who perished at the WTC and the Pentagon - the biggest risk they were taking was just getting up and going to work. The actual act of violence is nothing like 9/11, but the devastation is the same. Some of my characters survived and some didn't. All were changed, and in subsequent stories they look back on 4/16, when it happened, like we view 9/11.

While I was writing that story I was taking my girls to school one day, as I did every morning, and Kendra asked me to read what I was working on. I demurred and she assumed there was a sex scene (since I never read those to the kids) and said I should just skip that part. I said that it wasn't sex, but that this story was kind of my 9/11 story and the part I had just written was pretty intense. She said, in that I-know-so-much-more-than-adults voice that anyone who has ever had a pre-teen will remember, "Mooommmmmm. I lived through the real thing. I think I can handle the X-Men version." And she did. And she could.
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