We were getting ready for church. I was shaving.
“Zachary,” I said, “They are probably going to be talking about 9/11 today at church.”
“So is this a national holiday?”
“No, I wouldn’t say ‘holiday.’ It is a day of reflection.”
Lucas asked, “What does ‘reflection’ mean?”
I answered, “Reflection means ‘thinking about.’ People will be thinking about what they were doing 10 years ago today. I didn’t come home to your mother 10 years ago. I was in New Jersey and I couldn’t get back into Manhattan.”
“Because they shut all the bridges and tunnels.”
“Because they were afraid something else bad was going to happen.”
I continued, “I remember when I finally got home the next day. Momma was pregnant with you and I remember thinking, ‘What kind of world are we bringing Zachary into?'”
“One that I could make better,” he said without a pause.
:: Joe Hage is the chief storyteller for Medical Marcom, a medical devices marketing consultancy helping medical companies become more approachable and engaging. ::